Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is on the offensive in a new interview with CNN. This comes after the fallout from a New York Times report titled, “Delay, Deny and Deflect: How Facebook’s Leaders Fought Through Crisis.” The article said:
“…as evidence accumulated that Facebook’s power could also be exploited to disrupt elections, broadcast viral propaganda and inspire deadly campaigns of hate around the globe, Mr. Zuckerberg and Ms. Sandberg stumbled. Bent on growth, the pair ignored warning signs and then sought to conceal them from public view. At critical moments over the last three years, they were distracted by personal projects, and passed off security and policy decisions to subordinates, according to current and former executives.”
Amid a big drop in Facebook’s stock price Zuckerberg sat down with CNN’s Laurie Segall to defend the company’s moves including what they are doing to prevent election-related hacking:
“Elections are always high-security events. and we were expecting certain kinds of cyber attacks. we found them. The Russians were trying to hack into specific accounts and we told the people and the FBI and all that. but we weren’t on top of these coordinated information operations. So we’ve spent a lot of the last couple of years now basically building up our systems and strengthening them to be able to address this. But we’ve been very focused on this and invested a lot in it. Anyone who says we haven’t been focussed on trying to both address it and also that we — I think anyone who says that we haven’t made a lot of progress, I just think that’s not right.”
Zuckerberg also said despite pressure to step down, he and COO Sheryl Sandberg are staying put.
Watch the full interview above.