Axios (emphasis mine):
Mark Zuckerberg told “Axios on HBO” that it’s “just wrong” to consider Facebook a right-wing echo chamber, even though conservative voices top the platform’s most-engaged content….
With social media feeding online rage across the political spectrum, Zuckerberg said there’s a “meme” out there “that says … our algorithm is just trying to find things that are going to kind of enrage people somehow, and that that’s what we try to show people. And that’s not actually how our systems work.”
Asked how worried he is that history will record Facebook as an accelerant of social destruction, Zuckerberg said: “I have a little more confidence in democracy than that. And I hope my confidence isn’t misplaced.“
Hopes? Really Faceberg?! HOPES! Hope is a thing with feathers, as the poet Emily Dickinson said.
Why ads 7 days before the election instead of 30? Zuckerberg said Facebook will block ads seven days out to prevent misinformation — but 30 days out is different because “people want to be able to run get-out-the-vote campaigns,” as well as respond to attacks and make closing arguments.
But misleading ads will remain up, just no new ads will be allowed. Thanks a lot, Faceberg.
Taking down threats against election officials: One red line Zuckerberg is willing to draw, he said, is to “very aggressively take down any threats against those people who are going to be involved in doing the counting and making sure that the election goes the way it’s supposed to.”
- Those kinds of threats, he said, “would obviously undermine the legitimacy of the election.”
I still maintain that Facebook is not a good corporate citizen. If you are still on it, you need to question why, and ask yourself (if you have a legit reason to use it) if there is not another way to accomplish the same goal.