05 Oct'17

Zuckerberg: ‘For those I hurt this year, I ask forgiveness’

 

Mark Zuckerberg apologises to the public in a Facebook post on 30th September.

 

In the Telegraph’s report of Zuckerberg’s apology, they refer to the allegations that Facebook have recently faced. This includes the spreading of fake news, and allowing Russian agents to buy advertisement to sway the outcome of the 2016 US election. Facebook have recently given the US government 3000 advertisements linked to Russian accounts that are thought to have targeted voters during the election.

 

According to the Telegraph, Zuckerberg angered politicians with his comment, ‘it was a pretty crazy idea’ to suggest that the spread of fake news on Facebook had influenced the election.

 

In another Facebook post (27th September) Zuckerberg writes ‘Calling that [the idea that misinformation on Facebook changed the outcome of the election] crazy was dismissive and I regret it. This is too important an issue to be dismissive.’

 

Zuckerberg’s apology has been vastly reported on by the mainstream media, with many of the reports associating the apology with the recent difficulties Facebook has experienced. 

 

 (writer at TechCrunch) has interviewed Zuckerberg numerous times over the last 7 years and is of the opinion that Zuckerberg’s apology was ‘earnest and genuine’.

 

 

 

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