Big Tech wields dangerous power over American’s lives.
Facebook’s power and role in society is currently under intense scrutiny.
And a Facebook bigwig just made one jaw-dropping statement about terrorism you won’t believe.
Social media giants have accrued considerable power, and they’re using it irresponsibly.
Facebook is particularly under the microscope for many of its internal practices.
And one Facebook bigwig said that terror attacks are simply a consequence of Facebook successfully linking people together.
Facebook’s new Chief Technology Officer, Andrew Bosworth, once argued in a 2016 memo that using Facebook to connect more people around the world was the morally right thing to do even if “someone dies in a terrorist attack coordinated on our tools.”
The Telegraph reports that in a memo from 2016, Facebook’s newly named Chief Technology Officer Andrew Bosworth argued that the company should continue to connect people around the world despite negative consequences, including if “someone dies in a terrorist attack coordinated on our tools.”
Bosworth’s statement echoes the chilling statement of London mayor Sadiq Khan who once said that terrorism was “part and parcel” with living in a big city.
Bosworth said in his memo:
“Maybe it costs a life by exposing someone to bullies. Maybe someone dies in a terrorist attack coordinated on our tools. And still we connect people. The ugly truth is that we believe in connecting people so deeply that anything that allows us to connect more people more often is de facto good.”
That take is borderline sociopathic.
In a follow-up interview in 2018, Bosworth conveniently disavowed his own memo, explaining, “I didn’t even agree with it when I wrote it.”
But Bosworth’s statement seems in line with Facebook’s values.
They’ve made all sorts of concessions that do harm.
Instagram, which was acquired by Facebook, reportedly increases teen rates of depression and suicidal ideation.
Facebook largely ignored the report and moved forward with an Instagram for kids platform.
It was only scrapped amid pressure from media and lawmakers.
Another report showed that Facebook had “whitelists” for celebrities and politicians who flouted company content policy – they were allowed to bend and break the rules.
The Wall Street Journal also uncovered that Facebook supervisors were aware that the platform was being used by drug cartels and hitmen, and they did little if anything to stop it.
Facebook is controlling discourse around the world, and they’re doing a terrible job of it.
Stay tuned to Unmuzzled News for any updates to this ongoing story.