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“Many of the statements do not make any sense.”
This is how Mark Zuckerberg, founder and director of Facebook, reacted to the testimony that a former employee of the company gave Tuesday before the United States Senate.
Frances Haugen, who worked as a product manager at Facebook, told senators that the company’s platforms “They harm children, fuel division and weaken our democracy.”
Earlier, Haugen had leaked a series of internal documents, called in the press “Facebook Archives”, which they question ethics of the company’s business.
The former employee maintains that Facebook has repeatedly chosen to put the earnings above mental health of its users.
And he also directly criticized Zuckerberg for the great power you have accumulated.
“Currently no one can hold accountable to Mark more than himself, “Haugen told the Senate.
Facebook has rejected These allegations and while Haugen testified, Facebook’s director of policy communications Andy Stone criticized the former employee answering questions about areas she was not working on, including child safety and Instagram.
Then on Tuesday night, Zuckerberg himself posted a lengthy message to his employees on his Facebook profile, responding to Haugen’s questions.
What did Zuckerberg say?
In general, Zuckerberg considers Haugen’s testimony to make a “mischaracterization” of the research that Facebook, a company to which Instagram also belongs, has done on the impact of its platforms on young people.
In his message, Zuckerberg considers that the investigations and the work of his company have been used “out of context” and that with a “false narrative” “a false image” of the company has been painted.
“The argument that for profit we deliberately promote content that infuriates people is deeply illogical“Zuckerberg says on his profile.
“It is very important to me that everything we build is safe and good for children, “he said.
“We make money from ads and advertisers are constantly telling us that they don’t want their ads next to harmful content or furious in tone. “
Regarding the impact of Facebook platforms on children, Zuckerberg maintains that he has spent “a lot of time” reflecting on the kinds of experiences he wants them to have. their children and those of other people have online.
As an example, Zuckerberg mentions that he stopped the project to bring Messenger Kids to Instagram, since he preferred to consult more experts about the possible impact it could have.
Regarding Instagram, Zuckerberg says his research showed “that many of the teenagers surveyed feel that using Instagram helps them when they are struggling with the type of difficult moments and problems teenagers have always faced. “
Finally, Zuckerberg argues that he has been a supporter of update regulations for internet use and that he has said so before Congress and in articles referring to areas that, according to him, require regulation, such as content related to elections, privacy, harmful content and competition.
Zuckerberg insists his company is committed to making and publishing more research on the effects of social networks.
“I am proud of everything we do to continue building the best social products in the world and I am grateful with all of you for the work you do here every day, “he tells his employees.
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