Facebook to increase their security measures following Mueller’s indictment
By Cecilio Leacock
IBexclusive News Friday, February 16, 2018.
(IBexclusive) - Facebook said it needs to enhance security measures after special counsel Robert Mueller charged 13 Russian nationals and three Kremlin-linked companies with conspiracy to defraud the United States by plotting to sway the 2016 election in President Trump’s favor.
The scheme involved buying ads online to promote Facebook and Instagram groups, namely “Secured Borders,” “Woke blacks,” “United Muslims of America” and “Army of Jesus.”
“Today’s news confirms our announcement last year that foreign actors conducted a coordinated and sustained effort to attack our democracy,” vice president of global policy for Facebook Joel Kaplan said following the indictment Friday.
“As we said publicly last year, this kind of foreign interference violates all of our values. These indictments now say it also violated the law,” Kaplan said.
Hundreds were employed to ensure that social media posts appeared authentic, according to court documents.
Those charged also purchased ads “expressly advocating for the election of then-candidate Trump or expressly opposing Clinton,” court documents show.
They used Russian bots to spread fake news and pro-Trump propaganda on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, according to court papers.
“We’re grateful the US government is now taking this aggressive action against those who abused our service and exploited the openness of our democratic process,” Kaplan said in a statement.
He acknowledged that Facebook needs to make improvements to protect against future fraud.
“We know we have more to do to prevent against future attacks. We’re making significant investments,” Kaplan said.
He added that Facebook would double the number of people working on security this year.
Facebook is also working with the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security and other companies to devise techniques to protect“our country and the people” on Facebook, Kaplan said.
“We’re committed to staying ahead of this kind of deceptive and malevolent activity going forward,” he added.