Society as el know it will not effectively be destroyed by his social media network, “hopes” Facebook’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg.
It was “just wrong” to think that Facebook is driven by conservatives, Zuckerberg also said in a new interview tpo the media.
“I don’t think that the service is a rightwing echo chamber,” Zuckerberg told Axios on HBO in an interview. “Everyone can use their voice and find media they trust that reflects the opinions and life experiences they’re having.”
The proposition that Facebook would be remembered in history for hastening up the destruction of society was rejected by Zuckerberg in the interview.
“I have a little more confidence in democracy than that. And I hope my confidence isn’t misplaced,” he said, adding: “What we do, and I think a lot of what the internet does overall, is give individuals more power.”
An echo chamber for rightwing opinions is created by the platform, argued critic of the tech CEO.
When Facebook allowed hundreds of inaccurate ads funded by pro-Trump organizations, it clearly demonstrated that it was an echo chamber, said Parker Molloy, a writer and cultural critic at Media Matters for America.
Malloy said that the allegations that Facebook was indeed “highly partisan” is proved by the high speed and impunity that rightwing content related to the QAnon conspiracy theory, false claims about voting, and anti-LGBTQ+ content is able to spread all across the platform very easily.
“Zuckerberg may disagree with the characterization of Facebook as a rightwing echo chamber, but that doesn’t make it any less true,” she said. “Conservatives are thriving on Facebook, and they’re able to do this thanks to inconsistently applied policy enforcement, internal ideological advocacy, and general rightwing favoritism.”
For Facebook, the most engaging content were conservative voices and opinions, Zuckerberg acknowledged.
“It’s true that partisan content often has kind of a higher percent of people … engaging with it, commenting on it, liking it,” Zuckerberg said. “But I think it’s important to differentiate that from, broadly, what people are seeing and reading and learning about on our service.”
Even when leading virus experts have expressed cautious optimism of a vaccine against Covid-19 could possibly become available this year or early next year, the Facebook Chief said hat in the interview that anti-vaxxer posts will not be removed from the social media platform.
“If someone is pointing out a case where a vaccine caused harm or that they’re worried about it – you know, that’s a difficult thing to say from my perspective that you shouldn’t be allowed to express at all,” Zuckerberg said.
But allegations that the algorithms used by facebook ere so designed so as to push viewpoints “that are going to kind of enrage people somehow, and that’s what we try to show people” were strongly denied by Zuckerberg.
But he denied that Facebook’s algorithms are designed to push viewpoints “that are going to kind of enrage people somehow, and that’s what we try to show people”.
“That’s not actually how our systems work,” he added.
Zuckerberg reasoned instead that many people in the country “are very exercised and I think, frankly, for a lot of good reasons. And we have real issues. There is a fine line between an important level of high energy around an important issue and something that can kind of tilt over into causing harm.”
(Adapted from TheGuardian.com)