On our Vergecast interview series, Verge editor-in-chief Nilay Patel and Silicon Valley editor Casey Newton spoke with Alex Stamos, former chief security officer for Facebook and director of the Stanford Internet Observatory.
Stamos recently co-authored an op-ed in The Washington Post about Chinese propaganda around the novel coronavirus on US social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. On the show, he discusses how these companies still allow Chinese state media ads on their platforms and what actions should be taken against these accounts.
Stamos was also asked about the potential interference in the 2020 election in the United States from bad actors on these platforms and how well tech companies are handling it. A platform that has gained popularity since the last election is TikTok.