Mark Zuckberg and Priscilla Chan have penned a response to an open letter despatched final week by a gaggle of over 140 scientists who’re engaged on initiatives funded by the Chan Zuckberberg Initiative. The letter, included in full beneath, expressed considerations about how Facebook manages misinformation and dangerous, offensive and discriminatory language towards particular teams of individuals — and particularly round its therapy of Trump’s offensive, racist and harmful rants.
The response from Chan and Zuckerberg thanks the scientists for expressing their considerations, and says particularly that each are “personally […] deeply shaken and disgusted by President Trump’s divisive and incendiary rhetoric,” and it additionally acknowledges that regardless of CZI and Facebook present as wholly separate entities, they clearly share a standard chief in Zuckerberg.
The letter goes on to level to a number of the latest weblog posts and sources that Facebook has revealed concerning its chosen place, in addition to what it will likely be doing to overview its present insurance policies round its merchandise as they pertain to racial points and social justice.
The response from CZI’s high leaders does say that Facebook’s insurance policies aren’t its personal, nevertheless, and goes on to recommend that from its perspective, it will likely be committing to doing extra round addressing racial inequities and injustice.
Mark Zuckerberg & Priscilla Chan have responded to the 270+ scientists on the @ChanZuckerberg Initiative who referred to as on Zuckerberg to curb misinformation.
Zuckerberg says he and Chan are "deeply shaken and disgusted by President Trump’s
divisive and incendiary rhetoric." pic.twitter.com/j5ziU15Ik9
— Teddy Schleifer (@teddyschleifer) June 12, 2020
Ultimately, the letter from Chan and Zuckerberg doesn’t say very a lot of substance, and if something truly re-emphasizes the issue on the core of the letter from the involved scientists to start with. It notes the contradiction in having the entities stay separate by way of parts of their guiding rules whereas led by a standard particular person, however doesn’t straight deal with the principle ask of the scientists, which is that Zuckerberg use his place at Facebook to wield the ability of that platform for larger social good, not that the CZI change its conduct essentially.
This is certain to be a recurring stress for CZI and Facebook going ahead, given the relative positions and individuals in every. It’s unlikely that responses like this one will do a lot to quell any long-term considerations on the a part of CZI researchers and teachers.
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