Facebook plans to reduce the presence of politics on people's feeds, Nick Clegg says
By SEAMLESS DAILY
10 October 2021
"So we have been testing ways in which we can reduce the presence of politics for people's Facebook experiences."
"One of the things we have heard from users both from the US and around the world since the election is people want to see more friends, less politics," he said.
"But it's worth remembering what those measures are like closing all the highways in a town because a temporary one-off problem in one neighbourhood- you don't do that on a permanent basis."
the former deputy prime minister of great britain, said, 'we are constantly iterating in order to improve our products.
We can not, with a wave of the wand, make everyone's life perfect.
What we can do is improve our products, so that our products are as safe and as enjoyable to use."
Ms Haugen- who used to work as a product manager at the tech giant- gave damning evidence to US politicians in the Senate, days after leaking internal documents to the Wall Street Journal.
"Left alone, Facebook will continue to make choices that go against the common good," she warned.
"When we realised Big Tobacco was hiding the harms, that caused the government to take action.
Moving forward, Mr Clegg insisted the platform was committed to clamping down on misinformation, and that anyone who continuously posts it would be removed.
The Facebook executive Nick Clegg took a damage-limitation tour of US political talkshows on Sunday, but remained evasive over questions about the social media giant's contribution to the deadly attack on the US Capitol on 6 January this year.
Haugen will also meet with the House committee investigating the Capitol attack.
But after Haugen's searing testimony that Facebook was harming children and damaging democracy globally in its quest to place "astronomical profits before people", Clegg cut a more contrite figure on CNN, NBC ’ s Meet the Press and ABC ’ s This Week.
He outlined steps he said the company was taking to "reduce and mitigate the bad and amplify the good", including new tools to direct users, especially teenagers, away from harmful content on Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp.
"We 're going to give new tools to adults, to parents, so they can supervise what their teens are doing online.
The Democratic Massachusetts senator Ed Markey said last month Facebook was "just like big tobacco, pushing a product that they know is harmful to the health of young people, pushing it to them early, all so Facebook can make money".
"i appreciate that he is willing to talk about things, but i believe the time for conversation is done.
Speaking on NBC's State of the Union Sunday, Facebook's Vice President of Global Affairs Nick Clegg unveiled the new 'nudge' feature, which he claims will dramatically boost the wellbeing of young social media users.
The time for action is now,' she told CNN's Dana Bash on Sunday.
He added that regulators need to restrict what Facebook does with its algorithms.
He said he also believes that Facebook should cancel Instagram for Kids permanently.
Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, who chairs the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Competition Policy, Antitrust, and Consumer Rights, said that it's time to update children's privacy laws and offer more transparency in the use of algorithms.
However, he responded by claiming that Facebook's algorithms are 'giant spam filters' and, if removed, people would see more potentially harmful content like hate speech and misinformation.
Clegg said that Facebook has invested $ 13 billion over the past few years in making sure to keep the platform safe and that the company has 40,000 people working on such issues.
The sketch opened with Heidi Gardner appearing as Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen, who was stood in front of "Congress" to explain what goes on at the social media company.
The sketch then also poked fun at Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, who was played by Alex Moffat.
The character could be seen staring aimlessly, at which point Day's Blumenthal said : "No, no, we don ’ t need any more from that guy."
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