Feb 17, 2018 - Technology

Facebook, Twitter respond to Mueller indictment

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Facebook reiterated Friday that it's increasing the number of people working on security from 10,000 to 20,000 this year, the company's VP of Global Policy Joel Kaplan said following Robert Mueller's indictment of Russian cybercriminals Friday.

Why it matters: Social media companies have come under fire over the past year for failing to police the activity of bad actors using their platforms to meddle in the election.

In response to the indictment, Kaplan says Facebook is working with lawmakers to give them a fuller understanding of what happened.

"We know we have more to do to prevent against future attacks ... We’re committed to staying ahead of this kind of deceptive and malevolent activity going forward.”

Also mentioned in the indictment were Twitter, YouTube and Facebook's Instagram. Twitter said it will work with intelligence officials to mitigate the problem.

A Twitter spokesperson told Axios: "Russian efforts to disrupt the 2016 U.S. election, in part by abusing social media platforms, go against everything we at Twitter believe. Any activity of this kind is intolerable, and we all must do more to prevent it."

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