Daily US Times, Utah: Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook will stand up for principles encryption and free expression even if it means facing a backlash.
The co-founder of the company said this new approach is going to piss off a lot of people.
”But frankly, the old approach was pissing off a lot of people too, so let’s try something different,” Zuckerberg said at a Tech Summit in Utah on Friday.
Zuckerburg said Facebook’s aim for a long time was to not do anything that would be deemed as “too offensive,” but he is now changing that approach in the face of what he deems as excessive censorship.
The CEO of the world’s largest social media platform acknowledged that his company has the responsibility to purge its platforms of content related to terrorism, child exploitation and incitement to violence.
He said Facebook will remove contents which are really harmful, but ”the line needs to be held at some point.”
Mark Zuckerberg said he also vowed to continue to fight for encryption, another stance that has sparked controversy in recent months.
Facebook faced a lot of criticism for allowing politicians to put lies in campaign ads, while Twitter has decided to ban political advertising altogether.
Zuckerburg has been increasingly vocal to defend its positions even they proven unpopular. Few days ago, he said Facebook’s goal for the next decade “isn’t to be liked, but to be understood.”
The 35-year-old tech billionaire reiterated that sentiment on Silicon Slopes Tech Summit in Utah on Friday.
He said, “If you’re not out there standing for things that people care about then it’s not possible for people to feel that strongly about what you’re doing.”