Saturday, 26 May 2018

Hillary Clinton takes a question at Harvard University on Friday after accepting an award from the Radcliffe Institute. (Charles Krupa/AP)
Move over, Mark Zuckerberg.
Asked what company she would be the CEO of if she could choose freely, Hillary Clinton said Friday she would pick Facebook, even though the social media giant has admitted it should have done more to prevent Russian bots and a Trump-connected consulting firm from spreading misinformation that likely hurt her chances at the presidency.
"If you could be a CEO of any company right now, what would you choose and why?" Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey asked after Clinton was honored with an academic award from Harvard University's Radcliffe Institute.
"Facebook," Clinton responded curtly, prompting laughs from the audience.
"It's the biggest news platform in the world," Clinton continued. "Most people in our country get their news, true or not, from Facebook."
The headquarters of since-defunct consulting firm Cambridge Analytica in central London. (Jack Taylor/Getty Images)
The former secretary of state hinted that she could envision herself as the honcho of Facebook because of the site's capacity for political influence.
"Facebook is trying to take on some of the unexpected consequences of their business model and I for one hope that they get it right because it really is critical to our democracy that people get accurate information on which to make decisions," Clinton said.
Clinton's comments come on the heels of Facebook rolling out new directives ensuring that anyone buying political ads on the site must first be officially verified.
Facebook's beefed-up ad policy responds to the backlash it has faced since it was revealed earlier this year that since-defunct consulting firm Cambridge Analytica improperly obtained data on millions of users. The London-based firm, which was hired by President Trump's campaign, used the data to create complex algorithms meant to influence the 2016 U.S. election.
Mark Zuckerberg arrives to testify before a combined Senate Judiciary and Commerce committee hearing on April 10. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
The firm's former CEO, Alexander Nix, was caught on video saying it did "all the research, all the data, all the analytics, all the targeting" for Trump's presidential bid.
Cambridge Analytica closed up shop earlier this month, announcing it was forced to declare bankruptcy after scores of clients ended their contracts in the wake of the Trump-connected data scandal.
Zuckerberg, Facebook's CEO and founder, has apologized profusely for the breach, conceding he should have enacted more thorough security measures that could have prevented Cambridge Analytica from getting its hands on the data.
In addition to Cambridge Analytica, Zuckerberg has acknowledged Facebook should have done a better job rooting out Russian bot accounts from spreading divisive content meant to influence the election.
The U.S. intelligence community has unanimously concluded that the Russian government launched a complex interference campaign aimed at hurting Clinton's campaign while boosting Trump's effort.
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