Zuckerberg denies that Facebook prioritizes profits over user safety
Mark Zuckerberg, the chief executive officer and founder at Facebook Inc., addresses a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing held in Washington, D.C., U.S.A on Wednesday, April 11, 2018.
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FacebookMark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook, addressed Tuesday the allegations made by Frances Haugen. The whistleblower claimed that Zuckerberg prioritized his profits over safety for its users.
Zuckerberg stated, “At root of these allegations is the idea that profit has been prioritized over safety or well-being.” in a postOn his Facebook Profile. “That is just not true.”
Zuckerberg comments on the matter after almost a month. reports out of the Wall Street JournalThey have used internal Facebook research from Haugen who left Facebook in May. Many problems in Facebook’s services have been highlighted by the stories, many of which Facebook either ignores or doesn’t fix. Research shows that Facebook knows that Instagram has a negative impact on the mental health and well-being of teens.
Zuckerberg stated that he was particularly interested in the “questions raised” about his work with children. “I have spent much time thinking about the types of online experiences that I would like for my children and other people. It is very important to me to ensure that all we create is safe and beneficial to kids.
Zuckerberg’s posting comes after Haugen was on Capitol Hill Tuesday morning, testifying in front of senators on both sides about the problems that the social media giant creates for society.
Zuckerberg stated that “many claims don’t make sense” without referring to Haugen. Zuckerberg said, “The argument we intentionally push content that angers people for profit is profoundly illogical.”
Zuckerberg called for Congress to amend internet regulations to determine the age at which teens can use internet services. He also suggested how tech companies could verify users’ ages. Zuckerberg also recommended that companies balance privacy with visibility into their kids’ online activities.
He stated that private companies shouldn’t have to take all the decisions. We have been advocating for updates to internet regulations for many years.