There were similar issues before the 2016 British referendum on leaving the European Union.
“Thirty-five thousand employees keep our platforms secure and contribute to the elections,” said Clegg, vice president of global affairs and communications at Facebook.
“We have forged partnerships with 70 specialized media, including five in France, on the verification of information,” he added. AFP is one of these partners.
Clegg added that the company also uses artificial intelligence which has “made it possible to delete billions of messages and fake accounts, before they are even reported by users.”
Facebook also stores all ads and information about their funding and where they come from for seven years “to ensure transparency,” he said.
In 2016, while still Deputy Prime Minister, Clegg complained to the Journal du Dimanche that Facebook had not identified or removed a single foreign network intervening in the US election.
Trump on Wednesday berated Facebook and Twitter for blocking links to a New York Post article purporting to expose the corrupt deals of rival Joe Biden and his son Hunter in Ukraine.
A day earlier, Facebook announced a ban on ads that discourage people from getting vaccinated, in light of the coronavirus pandemic which, according to the social media giant, has “highlighted the importance of preventative behaviors in matters of health”.