It may be months before we can say with any confidence how Facebook performed during the midterms.
It’s the day after the U.S. midterms and Facebook appears to be … fine.
The social network, which has been scrambling for months to prepare for the midterms in order to avoid another election incident like what happened in 2016, made it through Election Day without a monumental screwup.
It doesn’t appear that Facebook was hacked, there wasn’t massive voter confusion caused by a viral Facebook story, and while there was still plenty of misinformation making the rounds, people and media outlets were, at the very least, prepared and looking for it.
That’s what we know about.
The problem, of course, is that Facebook appeared to be fine the day after the 2016 election, too. CEO Mark Zuckerberg even dismissed the idea that so-called fake news was a real problem. It wasn’t until months later that people, Facebook included, fully realized the extent to which Russian trolls were using the service to try and sow political discord among U.S.