Mark Zuckerberg rubbishes whistleblower’s ‘profit over safety’ allegation on Facebook as ‘deeply illogical’

Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook finally broke his silence on Wednesday, trashing a whistleblower’s allegation that the social media company puts profits over safety, as “just not true”.

With nearly 3 billion monthly users around the globe, Facebook is going through one of its worst reputation crises in a fortnight due to disclosures by a whistleblower.

In a note to Facebook employees that, Zuckerberg wrote, “The argument that we deliberately push content that makes people angry for profit is deeply illogical.”

He said, “I don’t know any tech company that sets out to build products that make people angry or depressed. The moral, business and product incentives all point in the opposite direction. FB makes money from ads, and advertisers consistently tell us they don’t want their ads next to harmful or angry content”.

The Facebook CEO’s statement came hours after the whistleblower identified as Frances Haugen, testified before the Congress.

In the last week, Haugen who is a former Facebook product engineer, leaked numerous internal documents including to the Wall Street Journal.

In an interview broadcast by CBS, she accused the social media giant of “(choosing) profit over the safety” of its users.

Frances Haugen also told the US lawmakers that the company knew its apps were harming the mental health of some young users. She added that new rules should be implemented to force Facebook to improve its own platforms.

She further said Facebook knows that vulnerable people are harmed by its systems, varying from kids prone to feel bad about their bodies because of Instagram to adults exposed to misinformation after being widowed or divorced and experiencing different forms of isolation such as moving to a new city.

Facebook is designed to exploit negative emotions to keep people on the platform, Haugen said.

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