Zuckerberg on whether Facebook affected 2016 election results: It's 'really hard' to tell

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg did not give a direct answer when asked Wednesday if the social media site had an impact...

Posted: Mar 22, 2018 1:10 PM
Updated: Mar 22, 2018 1:10 PM

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg did not give a direct answer when asked Wednesday if the social media site had an impact on the results of the 2016 election.

"It's really hard for me to have a full assessment of that," Zuckerberg said in an exclusive interview with Laurie Segall that aired on CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360." "The reality is, well, there were so many different forces at play."

Zuckerberg said he was "sure" Facebook activity had "some impact" on the outcome, citing "organic" Facebook posts from users, the organization's "get out the vote" effort, candidate pages and online advertising.

Facebook has been under intense scrutiny over its role in the 2016 cycle, including as a tool for Russian meddling in the US election.

"It's hard for me to assess how much that stacked up compared to all of the campaign events and all of the advertising that was done off of Facebook and all the other efforts," Zuckerberg said.

Mark Zuckerberg tells CNN he is 'happy to' testify before Congress

Last Friday, Facebook announced it had suspended the data firm with Trump ties, Cambridge Analytica, over concerns it had violated the site's privacy policies.

The data firm reportedly accessed information from about 50 million Facebook users without their knowledge.

Facebook says the data was initially collected by a professor for academic purposes in line with its rules. The information was later transferred to third parties, including Cambridge Analytica, in violation of Facebook's policies, Facebook has said.

"We have a responsibility to protect your data, and if we can't then we don't deserve to serve you," Zuckerberg wrote on Facebook about the issue. "I've been working to understand exactly what happened and how to make sure this doesn't happen again."

Zuckerberg told Segall that if anyone had told him when he founded Facebook in 2004 that he'd one day be battling state actors, "I wouldn't have really believed that that would be something I'd have to work on 14 years later."

When asked if bad actors are currently trying to use Facebook to meddle in the US midterm elections, Zuckerberg said, "I'm sure someone's trying."

But he expressed confidence in his company's ability to tackle it.

"I'm sure that there's V2, version two of whatever the Russian effort was in 2016, I'm sure they're working on that," he said. "And there are going to be some new tactics that we need to make sure that we observe and get in front of."

West Lafayette
Clear
72° wxIcon
Hi: 81° Lo: 56°
Feels Like: 72°
Kokomo
Clear
67° wxIcon
Hi: 79° Lo: 54°
Feels Like: 67°
Rensselaer
Clear
68° wxIcon
Hi: 80° Lo: 55°
Feels Like: 68°
Fowler
Clear
68° wxIcon
Hi: 79° Lo: 56°
Feels Like: 68°
Williamsport
Clear
68° wxIcon
Hi: 80° Lo: 56°
Feels Like: 68°
Crawfordsville
Clear
66° wxIcon
Hi: 79° Lo: 57°
Feels Like: 66°
Frankfort
Clear
65° wxIcon
Hi: 79° Lo: 56°
Feels Like: 65°
Delphi
Clear
69° wxIcon
Hi: 81° Lo: 54°
Feels Like: 69°
Monticello
Clear
69° wxIcon
Hi: 81° Lo: 54°
Feels Like: 69°
Logansport
Clear
66° wxIcon
Hi: 78° Lo: 52°
Feels Like: 66°
Hotter & turning much more humid for the weekend.
WLFI Radar
WLFI Temps
WLFI Planner

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 71015

Reported Deaths: 3013
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Marion15322723
Lake7343274
Elkhart471380
Allen3725160
St. Joseph330179
Hamilton2610104
Vanderburgh184213
Hendricks1814106
Cass17669
Johnson1694118
Porter123839
Clark114846
Tippecanoe114611
Madison89565
LaPorte86930
Howard85565
Kosciusko82712
Marshall75822
Bartholomew75447
Floyd74045
Monroe70830
Delaware68052
Dubois65812
Boone65346
Noble64529
Hancock63838
Jackson5625
LaGrange55410
Warrick55330
Vigo54310
Shelby53527
Grant52029
Dearborn47928
Morgan45134
Clinton4043
Henry36919
White35110
Montgomery34621
Wayne34610
Lawrence33727
Decatur32432
Harrison30923
Putnam2778
Miami2642
Daviess25920
Scott25710
Greene24134
Franklin23413
DeKalb2234
Jasper2192
Jennings21512
Gibson2084
Steuben2043
Ripley1947
Perry17912
Fayette1777
Starke1747
Orange16624
Posey1650
Wabash1613
Fulton1592
Carroll1572
Wells1542
Jefferson1532
Whitley1476
Knox1420
Tipton1296
Huntington1213
Washington1211
Spencer1193
Newton11410
Randolph1144
Clay1045
Sullivan911
Adams892
Jay840
Owen831
Pulaski751
Brown711
Rush714
Fountain642
Benton600
Blackford592
Ohio574
Pike520
Parke501
Vermillion480
Crawford440
Switzerland440
Martin420
Union350
Warren201
Unassigned0202

COVID-19 Important links and resources

As the spread of COVID-19, or as it's more commonly known as the coronavirus continues, this page will serve as your one-stop for the resources you need to stay informed and to keep you and your family safe. CLICK HERE

Closings related to the prevention of the COVID-19 can be found on our Closings page.

Community Events