Washington Post

A road map for Mark Zuckerberg

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Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg announced last week that he would spend 2018 fixing the problems with his platform that enable bad actors to do harm, such as Russia's interference in the U.S. election. As Zuckerberg's former mentor, I applaud this commitment and would like to offer my friend a road map to protect our democracy.

I first noticed bad actors exploiting Facebook in early 2016 and contacted Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook's chief operating officer, just before the election. I spent four months trying to convince Facebook that its algorithms and advertising business model were vulnerable to bad actors. They were reluctant to accept my conclusion then and continued to deny and deflect through the end of 2017. The company still argues that it is not responsible for the actions of third parties on its platform...

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