Sheryl Sandberg reveals Facebook is working with the FBI and homeland security to fight foreign interference in the 2020 election during a tense interview with Gayle King on CBS This Morning
- Sheryl Sandberg was asked to address how Facebook was responding to a few of the privacy and security issues facing the company while on CBS This Morning
- The company’s COO spent five minutes making increasingly vague statements that did not address any of the specific problems
- She eventually revealed that the copany was working with the FBI and homeland security to combat foreign interference ahead of the 2020 election
- She followed that up with a string of affirmations, prompting Gayle King to cut her off and state: ‘In less than ten seconds, Sheryl’
Facebook is partnering with two powerful federal agencies to identify and eliminate foreign meddling on the social media platform in the lead-up to the 2020 election.
Sheryl Sandberg said in an interview on CBS This Morning that the embattled company has ‘war rooms in place’ and ‘a working relationship with the FBI and homeland security,’ that are all meant to combat any attempts to interfere with the upcoming election.
The Facebook COO did not actually detail what Facebook, the FBI or homeland security was doing to combat this issue, but did seem to suggest that those federal agencies were somehow to blame in part for Facebook’s influx of Russian interlopers during the 2016 election by noting ‘both of them are working on this in a way they never have before.’
Sandberg, in a very sincere tone, then stated: ‘And we’re all working together to protect. So I guess what I want you to know is…’
That is when a visibly annoyed Gayle King shut down Sandberg, interrupting her diatribe to declare: ‘In less than ten seconds, Sheryl.’
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Word salad: Sheryl Sandberg (above on Friday) was asked to address how Facebook was responding to a few of the privacy and security issues facing the company while on CBS This Morning
Captivated crowd: She followed that up with a string of affirmations, prompting Gayle King to cut her off and state: ‘In less than ten seconds, Sheryl’ (l to r: King, Jiohn Dickerson and Vladimir Duthiers)
Sandberg had been spinning her way around questions about Facebook for almost five minutes when she got that 10-second warning from King.
The interview came just one month after the man who killed 50 people in two New Zealand mosques was able to livestream the massacre on the social media site.
That was just the latest example of how the world’s largest social network – which boasts 2.7 billion users – has managed to anger the public over its approach to privacy and user data.
First up was a question about Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes’ recent call for Facebook to be broken up, in an editorial where he described the behemoth as ‘a monopoly that crowds out entrepreneurship and restricts consumer choice.’
Sandberg offered up a few vague and hollow remarks in response to that searing and specific statement from Hughes, saying: ‘We’re fundamentally changing how we run the company. We have massive teams in place whose whole job is to protect people’s privacy, protect elections, go through our systems and find things.’
King then tried to get an actual answer out of Sandberg by interjecting: ‘Yet it still keeps happening Sheryl. We know that Facebook has taken its knocks … but some people say it really hasn’t changed.’
She then pointed out that when Hughes was on he program earlier in the week he said that Facebook was not just too big to fail, but too big to even care.
Given another very specific statement and criticism of the company, Sandberg paused for a moment, smiled and once again started to spin.
‘We made a commitment. Mark and I have said we’re going to do everything it takes to fix these systems, and we believe we can do that,’ said Sandberg.
‘They go systematically through things. We have built other tools. You see these reports.’
King, John Dickerson and guest host Vladimir Duthiers made no secret of their frustration with Sandberg’s responses, especially after Dickerson asked Sandberg what impressions she has of Facebook.
‘Look. I woke up yesterday morning and I got on Facebook and I saw two things. I saw a picture from my sister of my nephew, he’s 7, going off to a school camping trip and I saw a colleague who is raising money for a close friend of hers who has two young children and very late-stage cancer.’
Dickerson then cut off Sandberg, stating: ‘Right, but what do people – what do you think your customer thinks of Facebook.
‘That’s what I think the customer thinks,’ said Sandberg.
Dickerson then laughed at Sandberg and declared: ‘Cause I see a different view.’
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