Mark Zuckerberg denies accusations regarding Facebook security

Mark Zuckerberg denies the statements of former employee Frances Haugen. The woman said that Facebook puts benefits before user safety. H...

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  • Mark Zuckerberg denies the statements of former employee Frances Haugen.
  • The woman said that Facebook puts benefits before user safety.
  • He claims that “many of the accusations do not make sense.”

The CEO and co-founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, denied on Tuesday that his company puts benefits before the safety and well-being of users, as stated by former employee Frances Haugen in her statement before a subcommittee of the US Senate, according to the EFE news agency and the news site El universal.

“At the core of these allegations is the idea that we prioritize benefits over safety and well-being. That’s just false” Mark Zuckerberg wrote in his account on the social network, in a long message in which he defended the company before the wave of criticism it is getting these days.

DENY ALL

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The head of the famous social network Facebook also said that “many of the accusations do not make sense” and that he does not recognize “the false image of the company that is being painted.” This after the fall for hours of his social network along with WhatsApp and Instagram.

“The argument that we deliberately promote content that angers people in order to make a profit is illogical. We make money from advertising and what advertisers constantly tell us is that they don’t want their ads to appear alongside harmful or anger content, “he said.

Facebook Security: Ruthless?

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In her testimony before the Senate, former employee France Haugen made a ruthless portrait of the company, because during the time she was working there she realized a “devastating truth”: Facebook hides information from the public and governments.

“The documents I have provided to Congress prove that Facebook has repeatedly misled the public about what its own research reveals about the safety of children, the efficacy of their artificial intelligence, and their role in spreading divisive and extremist messages,” said.

Facebook Security: FILTER DOCUMENTS

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Haugen, who previously leaked internal company documents to The Wall Street Journal, said Facebook hides that its platforms are harmful to minors, foster social division and weaken democracy. And he pointed out that the responsibility for that lies at the top, with CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

She is a data scientist who worked for Facebook and told the United States Congress that the products of the social network are harmful to children and encourage polarization, and that managers refuse to make changes because they value profits more than safety.

GIVE RECOMMENDATIONS

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Frances Haugen testified before the Senate Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and also offered thoughtful ideas on how Facebook’s social media platforms could be made more secure. Although he was highly critical of the company, he saw the possibility of constructive action and expressed some empathy for Facebook’s dilemma.

Haugen, for example, suggested that the minimum age for having an account on Instagram, the popular photo-sharing platform owned by Facebook, could be raised from the current age limit of 13 to 16 or 18. Filed Under: Facebook Security

Facebook Security: ACCUSATIONS

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He also accused the company of being aware of the apparent damage Instagram causes to some teenagers and of being dishonest in its public fight against disinformation. “Congress must act,” he asserted. “They will not solve this crisis without your help.”

“Facebook’s products harm children, foster divisions, and weaken our democracy,” Haugen said. “The directors of the company know how to make Facebook and Instagram more secure, but they will not make the necessary changes because they have put their astronomical profits above the people.”

Facebook Security: TESTIFIED

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Frances Haugen testified that while the Facebook company openly recognized that integrity controls were critical to internal systems that foster relationships with users, it did not fully deploy some of those tools.

Speaking with receptive senators from both parties, Haugen, who focused on algorithm products during his stint at Facebook, explained the importance of algorithms to the company, which control what appears in user feed. He noted that a change in content flow implemented in 2018 contributed to more divisions and ill will in a network that was supposedly created to bring people together.

“FALSE AND DECEPTIVE DISSEMINATION”

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Despite the hostility fueled by the new algorithms, he said Facebook found that they helped keep people on the platform, a pattern that helped the social media giant sell more of the digital ads that generate most of its ads. income. And the senators agreed.

“It has benefited from spreading false and misleading information and from sowing hatred,” said Senator Richard Blumenthal, the panel’s chairman. “Facebook’s responses to Facebook’s destructive impact always seem to be more Facebook, we need more Facebook, which means more pain and more money for Facebook,” he added. Filed Under: Facebook Security

“I FEEL HUGE EMPATHY FOR FACEBOOK”

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Frances Haugen said in her statement that she believed Facebook did not intend to build a destructive platform. “I have enormous empathy for Facebook,” he commented. “These are really tough questions, and I think they feel a bit trapped and isolated.”

But “in the end, the responsibility lies with Mark,” Haugen said, referring to Zuckerberg, who controls more than 50% of Facebook’s voting shares. “Currently there is no one who holds Mark more responsible than himself,” he said. Filed Under: Facebook Security

Suspicions

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Haugen said he believes Zuckerberg was aware of some of the internal investigations that showed concerns about the potential negative impacts of Instagram. The government needs to step in with stricter oversight of the company, Haugen said.

Like other tech giants like Google, Amazon, and Apple, Facebook has enjoyed minimal regulation. Several bipartisan technology industry proposals address data privacy, youth protection, and anti-competitive behavior. But getting the new measures passed in a divided Congress is a difficult task. Recently, the Federal Trade Commission has taken a tougher stance toward Facebook and other companies. Filed Under: Facebook Security

DOUBTS

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The fall of this network, Whats app and Instagram occurred around noon last Monday, and lasted more than 5 hours, which generated chaos and isolation among millions of users, clients, companies, a situation that had not been experienced in years in the world.

After that, a series of rumors began to emerge about the security of users’ information, since their accounts were left open and with doubts if this data could be used in a negative way, to harm people or private or public entities. Filed Under: Facebook Security

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