The Facebook CEO Thursday issued greetings in the form of mea culpa, recognizing “mistakes” in the hunt for problematic content on the social network.
Hate speech, harassment, “fake news” Mark Zuckerberg recognizes mistakes in the hunt for problematic content on Facebook. In his wishes, published on Facebook, he presents his mea culpa, not only to its two billion users but also to the rest of the planet.
Facebook has indeed been accused of not having sufficiently fought against calls to hatred, the apology of terrorism or false information. These accusations, also against Google and Twitter, have taken a very political turn since the election of Donald Trump late 2016. Washington refers to Russia as responsible for the distribution of “fake news”, used to influence the campaign through social networks.
A “personal challenge”
“The world feels worried and divided and Facebook has a lot of work to do, whether to protect us from abuse and hatred, to defend against the interference of (some) countries, or to ensure that the time spent on Facebook is time well spent, ” wrote the CEO on his personal page.
“My personal challenge for 2018 is to focus on resolving these important issues – we will not stop all the mistakes and hijackings of Facebook, but we are currently making too many mistakes in making respect our rules of use and prevent the misuse of our tools, ” adds the billionaire.
“Decentralize power to the citizens”
According to Mark Zuckerberg, “today, many people no longer believe in the idea” that technology can put some power in their hands. On the contrary, “with the rise of a handful of big tech companies – and with governments using technology to monitor their citizens – many people now think that technology is just concentrating power” in the hands of a few, instead of “decentralizing” it to the citizens.