The founder of the largest social network in the world mark Zuckerberg has devoted his Yom Kippur – Jewish day of fasting and repentance – thinking about the impact that Facebook had on the world. He posted an emotional messagein which he asked forgiveness for the way Facebook divides people.
“Tonight culminates on Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year for Jews, when we think about the past year and ask forgiveness for our mistakes. I apologize to those I offended this year. And I promise to try to be better,” wrote Zuckerberg on his page. He also promised to work to ensure that Facebook unites and does not divide people.
The founder of Facebook did not specify what the impact of Facebook, he has in mind, however, the media immediately remembered that in the last month, the social network is experiencing enormous pressure in connection with proceedings about the possible impact on the election process in the United States. A few days before Yom Kippur Zuckerberg has publicly responded to criticism from U.S. President Donald trump. “Every day I work to bring people together and create community for everyone. We hope to give the floor to all and create a platform for ideas. Trump says that Facebook opposes him. Liberals say that we helped Trump. Both sides are disappointed with the content that they don’t like. That’s what it means to build a platform for all ideas,” he wrote then.
Zuckerberg noted that the role that Facebook played during the elections of the President of the United States, was very large, but it was the fact that a huge number of people got the opportunity to Express their opinion about the elections and to debate with other users. In addition, in these elections, the Internet has become the primary means of communication candidates with people – through its page in Facebook the applicants for the post daily talked with tens of millions of subscribers.
According to Zuckerberg, during the election campaign for the purchase of online advertising was spent hundreds of millions of dollars that a thousand times spending related to Russia fake accounts on election advertising.
Finally, the founder of the social network wrote that thanks to Facebook as voters had registered about two million people, and according to this indicator, the social network has surpassed the results of the efforts of staff Donald trump and Hillary Clinton.
Recall that in early September, Facebook saidthat the accounts that are associated with Russia, within two years of buying political advertising, including the front passed in the November 2016 presidential election in the United States. According to the company, from June 2015 to may 2017 470 such accounts spent about 100 thousand dollars for three thousand advertising messages that could influence the outcome of the vote.
The American media have linked the custom advertising with the work “Troll factory”, curated by St. Petersburg businessman Evgeny Prigozhin, better known as “Putin’s personal chef”.
Zuckerberg has promised to submit data on these accounts to investigators, but declined to make this information public. “We are increasing their investment in security and, in particular, in ensuring the fairness of elections. Next year we will double the team working on the integrity of the election” – quoted by Mashable.
Another sensitive point for Facebook topic in recent times it has become weak supervision over manifestations of xenophobia and, in particular, of anti-Semitism. Recently a report was published by ProPublica, which says that the Facebook algorithm has allowed to show their ads almost 2300 “haters of Jews,” notes The Business Insider. Management of the company had to apologize for a second-thus the calls to “burn the Jews”.