Time magazine features Mark Zuckerberg on its cover in its latest issue, claiming Facebook fuels dept, harms children and puts profit on safety.
The cover photo has a Phone app delete icon and a simple question – “Delete ‘Facebook’?” – And two options – “Cancel” or “Delete”.
Whistleblower Frances Haugen, a former product manager on Facebook’s civil misinformation team, told US lawmakers this week how the company pushed for higher profits while worrying about user safety. She said Facebook has also done little to prevent its platform from being used by people who plan violence.
How Facebook forced people to calculate by shutting down the team that kept them ahead of profits https://t.co/xm1uu7SCfl
– time (@TIME) 8 October 2021
Time cover articlePublished on the magazine’s website, the title is “How Facebook Forced a Reckoning by Shutting Down the Team That Put People Ahead of Profits”.
The article goes into detail about Facebook’s civil integrity team and explains how the social media giant’s decisions alienated many members of the critical team that fights misinformation and hate. Facebook disbanded the team in December 2020, which eventually led to the whistleblower Frances Haugen.
“Whatever Facebook’s future direction, it is clear that dissent is thriving internally. Haugen’s document leaks and testimony have already fueled calls for stricter regulation and public awareness of the impact of social media. The quality of debate has improved,” writes author Billy Perigo. Article.
Earlier this week, Mark Zuckerberg hit back at the whistleblower’s claims, saying they are “simply not true”.
“The argument that we intentionally promote content that makes people angry for profit is highly illogical,” Zuckerberg wrote in a note to Facebook employees.
“I don’t know any tech company that makes products that make people angry or sad. Ethics, business, and product promotion all point in the opposite direction.”