Facebook Has Been Under Fire For A Week For Promoting Fake News
Mark Zuckerberg's former mentor has a lot to say about the social media platform.
A man named Roger McNamee has come forward with claims attacking Facebook for being toxic. Never heard of him? He was an early investor and at one point, a very close mentor to Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg. He's better known as the man who convinced Zuckerberg to keep Facebook rather than selling it for top dollar. But as of right now, he is getting very vocal about the negative direction Facebook has taken in order to force the company to make some changes.
Several American newspapers, including the Washington Post, have had articles published by McNamee, where he calls out Mark Zuckerberg and asks him to change the Facebook business model and algorithms. The reason, according to McNamee, is due to over 126 million Americans being exposed to Russian manipulation - and not even realizing it. He's referring to an extreme amount of Russian-backed content that surfaced on Facebook around the time of the 2016 Presidential campaign.
McNamee explains that when he flagged the questionable content, the platform failed to take his concerns seriously, until "the brand became toxic". Due to the addictive nature of social media, he warns that users are at risk at the hands of said content.
Mark Zuckerberg has already tweaked Facebook to prioritize posts from friends - rather than content from businesses and media companies. Zuckerberg publicly announced last week that much of 2018 would be used to fix said issues. McNamee makes several suggestions to his former protege and the brand - including testifying before Congress - though only time will tell what path Facebook takes.