Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg has dismissed claims by a former employee that the world’s largest social network is fueling the anger of its users for profit. “The argument that we intentionally promote content to anger people for money is deeply illogical,” Zuckerberg wrote on his Internet platform Tuesday. “We make money from ads, and advertisers keep telling us that they don’t want their ads to be seen alongside harmful or angry content.” He doesn’t know of any tech company that makes products that make people angry or depressed.
“It’s hard to see a cover that distorts our work and our motivations. I think most of us just don’t recognize the bad image that is painted of our company (…),” he said. he writes further in the communication to his employees, which he also published.
Zuckerberg’s response came shortly after whistleblower Frances Haugen, a former Facebook employee, reported on her experience at the company and internal research during a Senate hearing. In his opinion, his testimony showed that the company prioritizes profit and at the same time fuels social divisions.