Technology Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg pushes back against claims of conservative censorship
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg meets with Donald Trump
The social network said Zuckerberg had a "good, constructive" meeting with the president."Mark is in Washington DC meeting with policymakers to hear their concerns and talk about future internet regulation. He also had a good, constructive meeting with President Trump at the White House today," a Facebook spokesman said in a statement on Thursday.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg reiterated that the social network wants to be a "platform for all ideas," the latest defense against concerns the site has too much power to shape political and social issues.
In an interview with Fox News aired Friday, Zuckerberg said he hasn't seen enough evidence that Silicon Valley was biased against conservative voices.
"I haven't seen a lot of data that suggest that there's a negative impact," he said.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg meets with Trump
The social network said Zuckerberg had a "good, constructive" meeting with the president."Mark is in Washington, D.C., meeting with policymakers to hear their concerns and talk about future internet regulation. He also had a good, constructive meeting with President Trump at the White House today," a Facebook spokesman said in a statement on Thursday.
The comments come a day after Zuckerberg delivered in a speech at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.
Zuckerberg said a lot of conservative media do "quite well" on social media. With California being largely left-leaning, the tech mogul said he understands where the concern comes from.
"I understand why people would ask the question of 'are my ideas getting a fair shake.' And all that I can say on this is this is something I care deeply about. I want to make sure we can be a platform for all ideas," he said.
Facebook has faced mounting criticism over whether it's doing enough to combat hate speech, misinformation and other offensive content. The company has been accused of vague policies and inconsistent application of them. That's led to charges the company is censoring some forms of speech, particularly from , an allegation Facebook denies.
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Zuckerberg's internal Q&As with employees were leaked earlier this week.Zuckerberg broadcasted the Q&A from his Facebook account days after The Verge published transcripts and audio clips of Zuckerberg speaking to employees at two town hall meetings in July. In his leaked remarks, Zuckerberg told employees he was ready to "go to the mat" and fight for Facebook if Sen. Elizabeth Warren becomes president and tries to break up the social media giant.
Earlier this month, Sen. Kamala Harris, a Democrat from California, asked Twitter to suspend Trump's account arguing that his tweets violated the site's rules against bullying. The presidential candidate, cited several tweets from Trump including those that Harris said targeted a whistleblower whose complaint about the president's call with the Ukraine president led to an impeachment inquiry.
When asked if it's a "ridiculous idea" for Twitter to shut down Trump's account, Zuckerberg said that he doesn't think people in a democracy want a private company censoring the news.
"I generally believe that as a principle, people should decide what is credible and what they want to believe, who they want to vote for," he said.
Facebook also recently came under fire for a policy that allows politicians to include falsehoods in their advertisements. Elizabeth Warren, a Democratic presidential hopeful who has called for the , tested that policy, that said Zuckerberg had endorsed President Donald Trump.
Mark Zuckerberg defends free speech on Facebook
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg took to the stage at Georgetown today to defend freedom of expression. Most recently, Facebook has been criticized for allowing politicians to post misleading ads. But Zuckerberg is calling for more free speech and cautioned against "potentially cracking down too much" on social networks. In an interview with The Washington Post, Zuckerberg says he too worries "about an erosion of truth." But, he added, "I don'tIn an interview with The Washington Post, Zuckerberg says he too worries "about an erosion of truth." But, he added, "I don't think people want to live in a world where you can only say things that tech companies decide are 100 percent true.
The battle over free speech is just one front in Facebook's growing problems. Politicians and regulators around the world have blasted its plans for a cryptocurrency, . (Zuckerberg is expected to discuss Libra during .) Facebook's dominance in social networking has led to allegations that it engages in . And the company's privacy policies remain a constant source of controversy.
"Making the world more open and connected":, the world's leading social network, and a personal obsession with its founder, Mark Zuckerberg. Since 2011, he has repeated this same sentence 25 times, in speeches, interviews, or on his Facebook page. And if this figure is surprisingly accurate, it is thanks to the project put online by the University of Wisconsin in early September, called T : line by line, video by video, this database lists the together with Mark Zuckerberg's public statements, in which it is possible to research.
It will be discovered that Facebook boss has mentioned 48 times private life, 6 times Barack Obama, he speaks more often of China, for which he has a keen interest, than Germany, where his network social is regularly criticized. Anecdotal? Not only. The database also allows you to find each quote in context, to compare the statements from one year to another, and to check the positions of the influential Facebook boss on a wide range of topics. .
The creators of the Zuckerberg Files, researchers in information science or ethics, do not hide it, their project is also militant: "The dominance of social networks on our lives raises unique questions about privacy and the ethics of sharing online, they write in the preamble of the site. By gaining a better understanding of how Facebook's CEO views his company's role in political debates, we will be better equipped to discuss his influence on privacy, to submit ideas for improvement, and to develop his users' understanding of them.
The Zuckerberg Files are the latest twist in a fundamental trend of seeing Silicon Valley companies as one of the most powerful forces for change - for better or for worse - humanity. And that their bosses must therefore, as are elected officials, be held responsible for their words and their decisions. As journalist Laurent Calixte notes in, the line separating the giants of the Net from political parties is indeed more than tenuous. Like them, these companies are conquering power. Like them, all were founded around an ideological creed: "Make the world open and connected" for Facebook; "Organize all the information of the world" for Google; "Think differently" for Apple.
A few months before the US presidential election, the question of what they say - if they do not know what they think - the leaders of these companies is all the more so since they are among the biggest contributors to election campaigns. And besides Facebook or Twitter, the staple of the White House race, Silicon Valley is also investing heavily in the media: the takeover of the Washington Post by Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, is most emblematic example.
Ironically, however, a walk in the Zuckerberg Files quickly shows the limits of the exercise. A very large part of the documents comes from the same source: the Facebook page of Mark Zuckerberg, where the founder of the social network publishes all his pronouncements and key statements. As a good apostle of transparency, and especially as master of communication.
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