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Facebook says WSJ allegations are ‘mischaracterizations,’ confer ‘false motives’ By Reuters


© Reuters. FILE PHOTO – The Facebook logo can be seen in Davos Switzerland, January 20, 2020. Photograph taken January 20, 2020. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann

(Reuters) – Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:) on Saturday slammed a Wall Street Journal series of articles about the social media company’s platform as containing “deliberate mischaracterizations” and said the articles “conferred egregiously false motives to Facebook’s leadership and employees.”

The Wall Street Journal quoted a review that looked at internal company documents, which included online conversations, research reports, and presentations for senior management. The Wall Street Journal stated that even though Facebook’s “ill effects” were identified, the company did not fix them.

Wall Street Journal reports that Facebook excluded high-profile people from some or all of the rules. They also played down the effects of the app’s algorithm on younger users. The Wall Street Journal also stated that the company failed to address concerns raised by employees about the use of the platform by human traffickers in countries developing nations.

Nick Clegg, Facebook’s vice president of global affairs, writing in a blog post, said the Wall Street Journal’s stories “contained deliberate mischaracterizations of what we are trying to do, and conferred egregiously false motives to Facebook’s leadership and employees.”

Clegg called “justly false” the claim that Facebook “conducts research but then deliberately and willfully ignores the results if they are unfavorable for the company.”

Clegg stated that Facebook understands how important it is to operate a global platform and takes this responsibility seriously. However, he said “we fundamentally reject the mischaracterization of our work” and the questioning of the motives of the company.

Clegg supported Facebook’s handling on COVID-19 vaccine posts and stated that “intersection of social media and well being” is still an emerging issue for the research community.

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