U.S. must work together to win misinformation ‘arms race,’ Facebook CEO says

Facebook Inc. says it is involved in an “arms race” over misinformation, and America’s private sector needs to work with the government to help fend off attacks to democracy.

In an op-ed published Tuesday by the Washington Post, Facebook FB, -2.60%  Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said that following the revelations of Russian election interference in 2016, his social network is “making it much harder for anyone to interfere in elections,” but it is “clear that everyone . . . needs to do a better job of sharing the signals and information they have to prevent this kind of abuse.”

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg will echo that sentiment in remarks on Capitol Hill on Wednesday.

In her opening statement, which was published Tuesday by CNBC, Sandberg said “The threat we face is not new. America has always confronted attacks from opponents who wish to undermine our democracy. What is new are the tactics they use.”

“We know we can’t stop interference by ourselves. We don’t have all the investigative tools the government has, and we can’t always attribute attacks or identify motives,” she added.

Sandberg will appear with Twitter Inc. TWTR, -0.97%  CEO Jack Dorsey on Wednesday morning before the Senate Intelligence Committee to speak about foreign governments’ use of social networks to spread misinformation. Later in the day, Dorsey will appear before the House Energy and Commerce Committee to answer accusations that Twitter muzzles conservative voices.

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