Facebook finds itself in the mist of a political "arms race" involving countries such as Russia, Iran and China.

Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg

That is according to the founder of the social networking platform, Mark Zuckerberg, who has confessed that Facebook was behind the curve when it came to the US election back in 2016.

He explained: "Countries are going to continue to try and interfere and we are going to see issues like that but we have learnt a lot since 2016 and I feel pretty confident that we are going to be able to protect the integrity of the upcoming election."

In recent times, Facebook has come under fire for hosting harmful misinformation.

But Zuckerberg has promised to crack down on such content, including suggestions that 5G mobile phone networks are linked to the spread of coronavirus.

Speaking to the BBC, the billionaire shared: "Even if something isn't going to lead to imminent physical harm, we don't want misinformation to be the content that is going viral across the network so we work with independent fact checkers.

"Since the Covid outbreak, they have issued 7,500 notices of misinformation which has led to us issuing 50 million warning labels on posts. We know these are effective because 95 percent of the time, users don't click through to the content with a warning label."