Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is appearing with other tech libers in the United States Congress on how they run their business. In his opening speech he stated that he is “Very proud” of creating a site that has “given voice to people who didn’t have it before and to give small businesses the opportunity to stay open during the pandemic ”
During his appearance, Congressman James Sensenbrenner asked Zuckerberg why they downloaded a message from Donald Trump Jr. about hydroxychloroquine on Twitter, to which the Facebook CEO replied:
“That happened on Twitter but I can answer for what happens on our site. We cannot spread false information (…) We cannot be the arbiters of the truth, but in specific cases, such as saying that hydroxychloroquine can be used for Covid-19 when it is not and can harm people, we have to download it “
Zuckerberg said that Facebook’s goal is “to offer a platform for all ideas” and said that what “sets them apart” is that they have very strict and clear community standards about what can and cannot be said. He assured that issues such as child exploitation, violence or terrorism cannot be spread but “But apart from that we have freedom of expression”.
In his opportunity, Congressman Jerrold Nadler referred to recently published documents that reveal that Zuckerberg thought that Instagram was a threat and wanted to buy it to nullify its competition, to which the technology leader replied that he saw Instagram as a competitor and a ” complement ”of Facebook services, in an era when the competition was moving to the field of mobile telephony:“ There was no guarantee that Instagram would work. We invest in the infrastructure and security of the App ”, he highlighted.
In a third interview, Zuckerberg referred to the Cambridge Analytica case as an unfortunate event, saying that Facebook did “everything possible to protect the integrity of the elections.” “We are very focused against hate messages and election interference. Today we collaborate with law enforcement and intelligence that identify threats. “
He revealed that right now Facebook can stop and remove 89% of hate messages “before people saw it and we want 99% to come.”