Facebook has not come to grips with fake accounts and election meddling

In recent weeks, Facebook has faced a US$5 billion (S$6.9 billion) Federal Trade Commission fine and may be a target in a newly opened federal anti-trust investigation. On the fight against election interference, though, Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg used a recent investor call to take a victory lap.

"Recent elections in the (European Union) and India show that our efforts are working," Mr Zuckerberg said, and "thanks to our efforts, the elections were much cleaner online".

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 16, 2019, with the headline 'Facebook has not come to grips with fake accounts and election meddling'. Subscribe