Facebook CEO Zuckerberg dismissed concerns of polarizing views: report - 2020-05-26
Facebook has long known its platform encourages extremist and polarizing content, and the company's disinterest in making changes to solve these problems goes all the way up to CEO Mark Zuckerberg, The Wall Street Journal reported.
The Journal reported that research Facebook conducted internally in 2016 and 2018 showed the platform's algorithm contributed to the proliferation of polarizing content. When Zuckerberg was presented with proposed changes to the platform to stymie the spread, the Facebook CEO asked employees not to bring him any more proposed algorithm edits that were "in the name of social good," the newspaper said.
The report on Facebook's inaction comes at a time when the platform is in the spotlight once again over its inability to stop the spread of harmful misinformation — this time, about the coronavirus pandemic. Facebook and Zuckerberg have long insisted that the platform is not to blame for users' polarizing opinions and content, but The Journal said experts have informed the company's executives of its impact since 2016.