Is Facebook really at fault?
Zuckerberg’s Facebook Algorithms denies that their algorithms push online users to be enraged. According to the interview with Axios on HBO, Zuckerberg confirmed that the partisan content on the platform often gets high engagement. These engagements are the likes or comments but said that doesn’t account for everything people are “seeing and reading and learning” about on Facebook.
“I think sometimes there is a fine line between an important level of high energy around an important issue and something that can kind of tilt over into causing harm,” he said during the interview published Tuesday. He added that Facebook “give individuals more power” and lets people find and follow voices that resonate more with their life experiences.
Zuckerberg’s comments follow a wave of backlash against the company, including Facebook’s employees. Last May, workers at Facebook staged a “virtual walkout” to protest the company’s decision to leave up a post by US President that, they say, could incite violence.
This pushed some companies to boycott ads from the Tech Giant.
Facebook and its sister website Instagram can pay tens of thousands of users willing to leave the applications. The program is part of a report they are undertaking ahead of the upcoming US elections.
Washington Post journalist Elizabeth Dwoskin shared the announcement on her official Twitter account. She shared screenshots of the report on Instagram.
Facebook recently announced plans to initiate a study with the support of 17 independent academic experts. The firm wanted to “better understand the effect of Facebook and Instagram on core political perceptions and behaviours.”
The business essentially aims at learning how the platform’s impacts on politics.
“It will examine the impact of how people interact with our products, including content shared in News Feed and across Instagram, and the role of features like content ranking systems,” a company spokesperson said.