POLITICO New York — Donald Trump’s technology advisers are confident that Facebook will be able to stop the next wave of cyberattacks from threatening its operations and users, according to a new memo obtained by POLITICO.
The memo, obtained by The Hill, indicates that the president-elect has called the social media giant’s chief security officer, Andrew Terrazas, to discuss the issue.
Terraza was reportedly in touch with White House Chief Technology Officer Peter Thiel last week, according the memo.
Trump has repeatedly criticized Facebook for not doing enough to protect users from online threats and has made a point of criticizing its chief technology officer in public, as he has on Twitter.
The White House has previously declined to comment on the memo or the president’s call for Facebook to step up its security.
“I know we have an incredibly strong security team at Facebook.
And we do it in a way that is as robust as possible, but at the same time I know that we have a lot of people on the outside looking in,” Trump said in a tweet last week.
“It’s up to Facebook to do a much better job of keeping people safe.”
The memo indicates that Thiel has repeatedly expressed concerns about the security of Facebook’s social media platforms.
“We need to protect against cyberattacks.
And I have been a big fan of Facebook for many years.
They have been very good at that,” Thiel told a panel at a security conference in September.
“But we also need to keep the rest of the world safe.
We’re going to need their help a lot more than they need ours.”
Aides to Trump have repeatedly said that Facebook has done a great job protecting users from attacks, and that it has a large team of cyber experts that can deal with a variety of threats.
Facebook declined to be interviewed for this article.
“They’ve had some serious security problems over the last couple of years, but they’re a very good company and they have a very strong team of cybersecurity experts,” said one senior administration official.
“Their biggest problem is, of course, is they’ve had so many problems with the election and people in general, but it’s a big problem with their systems.”
The White Senate staff has also expressed concerns over Facebook’s security.
The senior administration source told Politico that the White House is concerned about the company’s security in light of recent events, including the revelation that the Russian government hacked into the Democratic National Committee.
Facebook has denied that it is involved in the Russian election meddling and has repeatedly said it does not track the country’s activity.
Thiel has also been a vocal critic of the tech company, accusing it of “going dark” in the 2016 presidential campaign, a sentiment that he has echoed in the memo to Terrazs.
Facebook is expected to announce a cybersecurity plan this week.
The document also mentions a report that Facebook’s president, Sheryl Sandberg, is leaving the company in February to join the Trump administration.