Facebook exec blames users for spreading misinformation and says social media firm doesn't have enough money or staff to eliminate it

It's all YOUR fault: Facebook exec blames users for spreading misinformation and says social media firm doesn't have enough money or staff to eliminate it

  • Newly-appointed Meta CTO Andrew Bosworth said that people, rather than social media, are to blame for the proliferation of misinformation online
  • The veteran developer, who joined Zuckerberg in 2006 and invented the 'news feed,' said the 'onus should be on the individual' in 'any meaningful democracy'
  • He called Facebook a 'fundamentally democratic technology,' despite the recent revelation that the platform allowed high-profile users to break its policies
  • Asked whether vaccine hesitancy would be the same with or without social media, he said that individuals choose what sources to trust
  • 'That's their choice. They are allowed to do that. You have an issue with those people. You don't have an issue with Facebook. You can't put that on me'
  • Bosworth touted that Facebook's information counter-campaigns to spread authoritative information on COVID and the vaccine
  • 'I'm uncomfortable... that we possess enough fundamental rightness , even in our most scientific centers of study, to exercise those powers on another human'
  • 'If we took every single dollar and human that we had, it wouldn’t eliminate people seeing speech that they didn’t like on the platform'
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