Facebook put profits over safety ‘not true’: Zuckerberg claims
Published: 02:54 PM, 6 October 2021
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg; Photo: Collected
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg denied the allegations that the social media giant put its’ users in a negative way, claimed that the company puts profits over safety is “just not true”.
Zuckerberg’s statement comes a day after the company faced a more than six-hour-long blackout across platforms due to a “faulty configuration change”. Services on Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp were affected in one of the longest outages the company ever faced, reports Hindustan Times.
“The argument that we deliberately push content that makes people angry for profit is deeply illogical,” Zuckerberg wrote in a note to Facebook employees on Tuesday and then he posted this on his account, hours after a whistleblower testified before US lawmakers.
“I don’t know any tech company that sets out to build products that make people angry or depressed. The moral, business and product incentives all point in the opposite direction,” he added.
According to AFP, a former Facebook employee and whistleblower Frances Haugen, 37, revealed her identity as she testified before US lawmakers saying that the social media giant fuels division, harms children and needs to be regulated.
Haugen appeared on “60 Minutes” Sunday night where she described how Facebook routinely made “disastrous” choices that put their business interests ahead of children, public safety, privacy and even democracy, Bloomberg reported.
“I used to work at Facebook. I joined Facebook because I think Facebook has the potential to bring out the best in us. But I’m here today because I believe Facebook’s products harm children, stoke division and weaken our democracy,” Frances Haugen said in her testimony at the hearing of the subcommittee on consumer protection, product safety, and data security.
Last month, Wall Street Journal published internal Facebook research, provided by Haugen, that claimed “Instagram made some mental health issues worse for teenagers” on the platform. The company, which was developing a version of Instagram for children, has put that project on hold.
Source: AFP, Hindustan Times, Bloomberg