Hillary Clinton Wants to Be CEO of Facebook

Hillary Clinton delivers a speech during the New York Democratic convention at Hofstra University on May 23, 2018 in Hempstead, New York. Getty Images

Hillary Clinton would be prepared to swap life in politics to run social networking giant Facebook.

The former secretary of state and Democratic presidential contender was at Harvard Friday to receive the Radcliffe Medal, which honors people who've "had a transformative impact on society."

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey asked her which company she would like to lead as CEO.

"Facebook," came Clinton's rapid reply, according to video footage of the event.

"It's the biggest news platform in the world," Clinton said. "Most people in our country get their news, true or not, from Facebook."

The social networking giant has come under pressure in recent months over the dissemination of fake news and disinformation on its platform.

In April, Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg was grilled by senators over the use of the platform by Russian trolls spreading disinformation during the 2016 presidential election, much of it critical of Clinton. Zuckerberg has said he supports legislation designed to clamp down on Russian political ads on the site.

On Tuesday, Zuckerberg was questioned by European Parliament lawmakers over the platform's data privacy policy, following revelations that firm London Cambridge Analytica, a client of Donald Trump's election campaign, had harvested information about millions of users for targeted propaganda.

Clinton said it was important that the company gets its response right.

"Now Facebook is trying to take on some of the unexpected consequences of their business model, and I for one hope they get it right because it really is critical to our democracy that people get accurate information on which to make decisions," she said.