Facebook will do everything it can to protect the integrity of this year’s elections in Pakistan, India and other countries, says Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of the world’s largest social media outlet.

In his testimony before a joint hearing of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and Senate Judiciary Committee, Mr Zuckerberg noted that 2018 was an extremely important year for elections as several nations were going to polls this year.

“One of my top priorities in 2018 is to get this right [and] one of my greatest regrets in running the company is that we were slow in identifying the Russian information operations in 2016,” said the Facebook chief when Senator Dianne Feinstein, a California Democrat, asked him when he learned that the Russians were trying to influence the presidential election in the United States.

“We expected them to do a number of more traditional cyber-attacks, which we did identify and notify the campaigns that they were trying to hack into them,” he said. “But we were slow at identifying the type of — of new information operations.”