Facebook's head of civic engagement, Samidh Chakrabarti, told NBC in an interview published Tuesday that the company was in a better place than it was in 2016 in regards to fighting "misinformation" and "fake news."
"I think we are in a much better place than we were in 2016. But it is an arms race. And so that's why we're remaining ever vigilant, laser-focused to make sure that we can stay ahead of new problems that emerge," Chakrabarti said.
According to the top executive, the social giant has become effective over the past two years in "combating foreign interference" and blocking and deleting unwanted "fake accounts."
Facebook is taking it's "responsibility" (as Mark Zuckerberg put it) to battle these potential bad actors so serious that it will have in place a physical "war room" wherein real time the company will hope to guarantee fair elections.
The command center of sorts will be composed of people of different trades who will be able to "take quick and decisive action" if needed.
When asked what some of the tactics and strategies that his company was using to detect malicious activity, Chakrabarti admitted that Facebook is "just one small part of a much bigger puzzle" that includes governments and "security experts" around the world.
"We've been working with governments around the world, with security experts around the world, with civic society around the world to share information about threats that we see. And we bring those together and we put our best intelligence investigators on it to find that kind of activity on our platform and take it down," the Facebook head would say.