Q&A: Facebook’s CTO talks about fake news, Russia

Q&A: Facebook’s CTO talks about fake news, Russia 512 341 C-Suite Network
In this April 19, 2017, photo provided by Facebook, Mike Schroepfer, Facebook’s chief technology officer, speaks at the company’s F8 developer conference in San Jose, Calif. The Associated Press recently spoke with Schroepfer about changes in the way Facebook handles fake news and foreign influence. (Facebook via AP)
In this April 19, 2017, photo provided by Facebook, Mike Schroepfer, Facebook’s chief technology officer, speaks at the company’s F8 developer conference in San Jose, Calif. The Associated Press recently spoke with Schroepfer about changes in the way Facebook handles fake news and foreign influence. (Facebook via AP), The Associated Press

HALF MOON BAY, Calif. (AP) — Under fire for Russian abuse of its service during the 2016 presidential election, the spread of fake news and more, Facebook has promised to right the ship this year.

CEO Mark Zuckerberg has stated his personal goal for 2018 is “fixing” problems like these at Facebook, rather than taking on something more personal like learning Mandarin or reading 25 books.

Facebook is also opening up, at least a little. The Associated Press recently spoke with Mike Schroepfer, Facebook’s chief technology officer, about changes in the way Facebook handles fake news and foreign influence. Questions and answers have been edited for length and clarity.

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