Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg defended the company after a whistleblower testified earlier than Congress in regards to the hurt of the social media large’s divisive content material.
In a Facebook post late Tuesday, Zuckerberg known as current media protection of the previous Facebook worker’s claims “hard to read because it just doesn’t reflect the company we know.”
“We care deeply about issues like safety, well-being and mental health,” Zuckerberg wrote. “It’s difficult to see coverage that misrepresents our work and our motives.”
Earlier Tuesday, Frances Haugen, a former product supervisor on Facebook’s civic misinformation crew, testified earlier than a Senate subcommittee that the social networking large places “profits before people” and is aware of that its merchandise “harm children, stoke division, weaken our democracy.”
Haugen backed her claims with tens of 1000’s of pages of inside Facebook analysis, which she previously leaked to The Wall Street Journal.
In her testimony, Haugen notably pointed to Facebook’s engagement-based rating techniques, which have a tendency to spice up content material that elicits stronger reactions, together with extra excessive posts.
She urged Congress to manage the huge social media company, saying it has “repeatedly misled the public about what its own research reveals about the safety of children… and its role in spreading divisive and extreme messages.”
Zuckerberg, in flip, stated that the “idea that we prioritize profit over safety and well-being” is “just not true,” including that the declare that Facebook “deliberately push[es] content that makes people angry for profit is deeply illogical” and that it was “very important” to him that “everything we build is safe and good for kids.”