(RoyalPatriot.com )- On Saturday, Facebook pushed back against The Wall Street Journal after the newspaper published a series of stories about the way the social media platforms handled online discussions about COVID-19 and the vaccine.
Facebook hit back against the five-part series, published last week, which attempted to paint the platform as not doing enough to censor users who were skeptical about the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The series also questioned Facebook’s response to concerns raised by its employees about drug cartels and human traffickers using the website, and talked about how Instagram – a social media app owned by Facebook – was hurting young users.
Nick Clegg, the former Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and currently the Vice President of Global Affairs at Facebook, published a blog post on Saturday arguing that the Wall Street Journal’s stories presented a “deliberately lop-sided view of the wider facts.”
He said that the heart of the series of essays was an allegation about Facebook that he said is “plain false” – the idea that Facebook “conducts research and then systematically and willfully ignores it if the findings are inconvenient for the company.”
Okay, maybe this is mean, but do you think there’s maybe a reason Nick Clegg was only ever deputy prime minister, and now is only vice president? Just a thought.
Clegg acknowledged that it’s important for Facebook to be “held to account” about the way they deal with the issues raised, including so-called “misinformation”, but said that the company fundamentally rejects the characterization of the way the platform moderates content and deals with its employees.
This Facebook statement huffs and puffs about “mischaracterizations” and “lop-sided views” but what it lacks is a refutation of any specific facts reported by WSJ. https://t.co/1TTj4OiCrk
— Dustin Volz (@dnvolz) September 19, 2021
One thing Clegg didn’t do, however, was repudiate many of the claims made in the series.
Wouldn’t it be nice if Facebook actually had something to say about human traffickers using its platform to communicate?