- Facebook defended the ‘Facebook Files” series by ‘Wall Street Journal’
- It termed the series as “mischaracterization” by the media
- The American Media outlet is publishing a series of exposes considering the materials facilitated by Facebook whistle-blower Frances Haugen
On Monday, Facebook defended the “Facebook Files” series by ‘Wall Street Journal’ that allegedly exposed internal documents blaming the company accountable for prioritizing its own growth over the safety of users. It termed the series as “mischaracterization” by the media.
The company through its official Twitter handle “Facebook Newsroom” accused the media organization of reportage which “misrepresents” its actions and motivation. It added that it expects the press to hold them accountable, given their scale and role in the world.
In a series of tweets, it continued, “Right now 30+ journalists are finishing up a coordinated series of articles based on thousands of pages of leaked documents. We hear that to get the docs, outlets had to agree to the conditions and a schedule laid down by the PR team that worked on the earlier leaked docs.”
The company explained that a curated selection out of millions of documents as Facebook cannot be used in any way to draw a fair conclusion about them. It added, “Internally we share work in progress and debate options. Not every suggestion stands up to the scrutiny we must apply to the decisions affecting so many people.”
Referring to the matter, Facebook communication VP John Pinette remarked, “To those news organizations who would like to move beyond an orchestrated ‘gotcha’ campaign, we are ready to engage on the substance.”
The American Media outlet is publishing a series of exposes considering the materials facilitated by Facebook whistle-blower Frances Haugen, who was a product manager on the civic integrity team at the tech company. Haugen revealed that she copied a series of internal memos and documents prior to her departure and shared them with the publication.
In the ‘Facebook Files’ series, the media outlet, mentioning a few leaked documents, claimed that the company’s own engineers have doubts about how successful artificial intelligence will be in cleaning up the hate speech and excessive violence on the platform.
The report penned, “Facebook’s AI can’t consistently identify first-person shooting videos, racist rants and even, in one notable episode that puzzled internal researchers for weeks, the difference between cockfighting and car crashes.”
On the other hand, replying to the series of allegations, Facebook voiced that over the last weeks, including over the weekend, they have seen how documents can be mischaracterized. It added, “Obviously, not every employee at Facebook is an executive, not every opinion is the company’s position.”