Facebook (FB) - Get Facebook, Inc. Class A Report founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg defended his company's policies and addressed the allegations by whistleblower Frances Haugen in her Congressional testimony Tuesday.
Haugen went public on CBS's "60 Minutes" and testified to U.S. Senators that Facebook puts "astronomical profits before people" and that internal documents show algorithms put in place by Facebook amplify divisive content to keep users engaged.
Zuckerberg responded, “The argument that we deliberately push content that makes people angry for profit is deeply illogical. We make money from ads, and advertisers consistently tell us they don’t want their ads next to harmful or angry content.”
The Facebook CEO added that “If we didn’t care about fighting harmful content, then why would we employ so many more people dedicated to this than any other company in our space – even ones larger than us? If we wanted to hide our results, why would we have established an industry-leading standard for transparency and reporting on what we’re doing?”
Zuckerberg did not address Haugen by name in his rebuttal nor her call for him to testify.