HIGHLIGHTS:

  • · The Facebook CEO’s statement came ahead of Frances Haugen’s claims of Facebook paying greater heed to profit than public safety
  • · Frances Haugen has been a former employee of the company and has provided the US lawmakers evidence regarding her claims
  • · The debates arose from a setback which Facebook has received due to its nearly six-hour-long collapse on Monday due to “faulty configuration change”

On Tuesday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg responded to the negative allegations against him claiming that he prioritizes profit over safety. Mr. Zuckerberg has said that the allegations are “just not true”. Earlier, Frances Haugen, 37, who was a former Facebook employee has unveiled her identity as she provided evidence to the US lawmakers regarding the social media exponent’s fuelling of division and harming children. She has also mentioned that it needs to be regulated.

Mark’s statement arrives a day ahead of his company facing a nearly six-hour-long collapse, due to “faulty configuration change.” The outage has led to the blackout of services like Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp. In a note to Facebook employees posted from his account, Zuckerberg has stated, “The argument that we deliberately push content that makes people angry for profit is deeply illogical.”

He has further added, “I don’t know any tech company that set out to build products that make people angry or depressed. The moral, business and product incentives all point in the opposite direction.” Haugen, in a “60 Minutes” Sunday night show, has recounted the “disastrous” choices by Facebook of giving greater priorities to business interests than children, public safety, privacy and democracy as well.

Frances, in her statement given at the hearing of the subcommittee on consumer protection, product safety and data security, has said, “I used to work at Facebook. I joined because I think Facebook has the potential to bring out the best in us. But I’m here today because I believe Facebook’s products harm children, stoke division and weaken our democracy.”

However, the social media giant disagrees with this, “When it comes to young people’s health or well-being, every negative experience matters. We have worked for years on industry-leading efforts to help people in these moments and I’m proud of the work we’ve done,” he has said.

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