Instagram chief says he regrets 'not being more invested in safety' while at Facebook in 2016

Instagram chief says he regrets 'not being more invested in safety' while at Facebook in 2016

Instagram chief Adam Mosseri, who formerly managed Facebook's newsfeed, said he regrets not being invested in security issues earlier.

Under Mosseri, Facebook received intense scrutiny over Russia's use of the social network to spread disinformation in the buildup to the 2016 presidential election.

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"I regret us not being more invested in safety and integrity issues earlier. 100 percent," he said in a CBS interview that aired Wednesday. 

He also that he worries about applying lessons learned in 2016 to the 2020 presidential race, saying that it is difficult to keep up with bad actors' evolving methodologies.

"I worry about this a lot because the actors that we are working against [are] ... very sophisticated, very motivated, very quick to adapt their methodologies" he said.

"When we close one loophole or one opportunity, they often find another. So, I mean, the major lesson was we are underfocused on the risks," he added.   

 

Mosseri also pushed back on calls to break up major social media giants, saying that doing so would make it even harder for them to solve issues like elections integrity. 

"I think it's important to be really clear if you believe that we should be separated, why and what problem it's gonna solve," he said. "If you look at the issues that I'm most focused on, things like bullying or self-harm or elections integrity, all of those problems become exponentially more difficult for us at Instagram to address if you split us up."