We can say that Facebook has started the week very badly. Revelation of the name of the whistleblower who has weakened them for a month, new accusations and the huge breakdown of Facebook, Instagram and Whatsapp … The firm of Mark Zuckerberg was entitled to a start to the week on the hats of wheels.
It was thus perhaps time for the creator of the social network to speak out on these accusations which are multiplying from week to week. And what better place to do it than on Facebook?
Mark Zuckerberg defends Facebook and Instagram
No, Facebook doesn’t put profit above the safety and well-being of its users. In any case, this is what Mark Zuckerberg asserts, in the face of the latest accusations by Frances Haugen. Since mid-September, the former product manager has been lifting the veil on the sometimes dubious actions of Facebook and Instagram.
Charges that greatly weaken Facebook. The co-founder and boss of the group took the floor to contradict the whistleblower. He claims that Frances Haugen’s denunciations are simply false.
Regarding the fact that Facebook would prioritize profit over the well-being and safety of its users, he states that it is “Deeply illogical”. The whistleblower had, in fact, assured that the algorithm of the social network highlights hateful and controversial content to keep users and earn money.
An argument that does not make sense for Mark Zuckerberg. Facebook and its products make money from ads, that’s a fact. That said, it does indicate that advertisers don’t want their ads to end up next to contentious content. Most likely because of the bad image it would give them. Thus, knowingly keeping such content for the sake of advertising and money would not hold water.
Adolescent Mental Health Matters for Facebook
The boss of the giant takes advantage of this long publication to return to other accusations of the whistleblower. According to him, Facebook is well and truly aware of the harmful effects of Instagram on the mental health of teenage girls. According to the article in the Wall Street Journal, the company has carried out various research for three years but did not care about the results.
Charges already refuted by Antigone Davis, Facebook’s director of security, who on the contrary supports the positive effects of Instagram for adolescents. Mark Zuckerberg, too, strongly defends himself against the denunciations of the former product manager.
“If we wanted to ignore this research, why would we have created an industry-leading research program to understand these issues?”, he asks.
He goes on to maintain that the well-being and safety of the youngest is important to him, being a father himself. To demonstrate his point, he mentions the implementation of Messenger Kids in 2017, the safest messaging system for children in his eyes.
Finally, Mark Zuckerberg especially retains the positive impacts of his products. Thanks to Facebook, Instagram, Whatsapp or Messenger, it is pleased to allow its users to stay in touch with their loved ones, to have created opportunities to support each other and find a community. So many reasons that push the billions of users of Facebook products to stay… In his eyes.