Sheryl Sandberg

Facebook vows misinformation crackdown ahead of 2020 election, census

 Chief Operating Officer at Facebook Sheryl Sandberg on January 18, 2016 in Berlin, Germany.
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg. Photo: Thomas Trutschel/Photothek via Getty Images

Facebook issued a civil rights report on Sunday, touting its recent progress and pledging to remain vigilant on efforts to manipulate either the 2020 election or census.

Details: Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg wrote in a blog post announcing the report the social media giant is introducing a new policy in the fall that protects against misinformation related to the census. "We'll also partner with non-partisan groups to help promote proactive participation in the census," she said.

Sheryl Sandberg says Facebook needs "to do better"

Sheryl Sandberg on stage at DID conference
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg. Photo: Lino Mirgeler/AFP/Getty Images

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg acknowledged at a conference in Germany on Sunday that the social network had a rough 2018 and that "we need to do better to protect people's data," CNBC reports.

Why it matters: 2019 will be the year Facebook continues to apologize. As Axios' Scott Rosenberg previously reported, 2018 was going to be the year CEO Mark Zuckerberg finally fixed Facebook, but it became Zuckerberg's apology tour.