Mark Zuckerberg says he "hopes" Facebook doesn't destroy society, insists that the platform is not a conservative echo chamber, and will not remove any anti-Vaxxer content
- Zuckerberg gave an extensive interview that Axios published on Wednesday
- He expressed his hope that Facebook will not destroy society as we know it
- The Facebook algorithm does not intentionally promote partisan content
- Apparently he was reluctant to remove posts claiming vaccines were dangerous
- However, Facebook has been quick to remove posts it considers COVID misinformation
Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, said in an extensive interview that he hopes his social media platform doesn't destroy society as we know it.
When asked in an interview with Axios published on Wednesday whether Facebook is accelerating social destruction, Zuckerberg replied: “I have a little more faith in democracy. And I hope my trust is not out of place. & # 39;
Zuckerberg also said it was "just wrong" to see Facebook as the right chamber of echoes, even though conservative content is often at the top of the site's most popular content list.
He said that despite the high level of commitment to partisan content, it doesn't represent the majority of what people see and read on the platform.
Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, said in an extensive interview that he hopes his social media platform doesn't destroy society as we know it
"It's true that partisan content often has a higher percentage of people … bothering about it, commenting on it, liking it," Zuckerberg told the outlet.
"But I think it's important to distinguish this from what people in our ministry see, read, and learn."
Zuckerberg said it was inaccurate that Facebook's algorithm was "just trying to find things that kind of anger people".
"That's not how our systems actually work," he said.
While Facebook had a backlash for allowing "hateful" content, Zuckerberg said it was often difficult to know where to draw the line.
"Now when you look at the country … a lot of people … are very trained and I think, frankly, for a lot of good reasons. And we have real problems, ”he said, according to Axios.
Axios co-founder Mike Allen (above) grilled Zuckerberg in an interview published on Wednesday
"I think sometimes there is a fine line between an important level of high energy around an important subject and something that can somehow lead to causing harm."
Although Facebook has been quick to remove what is believed to be misinformation about COVID-19, Zuckerberg announced that he was more reluctant about content criticizing vaccines from the "anti-Vaxxer" movement.
"When someone points out a case where a vaccine has done harm or who is concerned, I find it difficult to say that you are not allowed to express yourself at all," he said.
Facebook said last week that it would ban all new political advertising from the week leading up to the November presidential election.
In addition, Zuckerberg said the company will "be very aggressive in countering any threats against those who will be involved in the census and making sure the elections go as they should."
He said these types of threats "obviously undermined the legitimacy of the elections".
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