The CEO and co-founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, denied on Tuesday that his company puts benefits before the safety and well-being of users, as stated by former employee Frances Haugen in her statement before a US Senate subcommittee.
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“At the center of these accusations is the idea that we prioritize benefits over safety and well-being. That is simply false,” Zuckerberg wrote on his account on the social network, in a lengthy message in which he defended the company against the multiple criticisms it is receiving these days.
The head of Facebook also said that “many of the accusations do not make sense” and that he does not recognize “the false image of the company that is being painted.”
“The argument that we deliberately promote content that angers people for profit is illogical. We make money from advertising and what advertisers constantly tell us is that they do not want their ads to appear alongside harmful or generating content. anger, “he pointed out.
In her testimony before the Senate, former employee France Haugen painted a ruthless portrait of the company, because during the time she was working there she realized a “devastating truth”: Facebook hides information from the public and governments.
“The documents I have provided to Congress prove that Facebook has repeatedly misled the public about what its own research reveals about the safety of children, the efficacy of its artificial intelligence, and its role in spreading divisive and extremist messages,” said.
Haugen, who previously leaked internal company documents to The Wall Street Journal, said Facebook hides that its platforms are harmful to minors, foster social division and weaken democracy.