Zuckerberg speaks out on content moderation errors, Facebook settles Cambridge Analytica case

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Zuckerberg spoke about Meta’s plans for augmented reality glasses, which he says will eventually be a major way to interact with the metaverse.

  • Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg seeks to explain some of the company’s most complex political issues.
  • Zuckerberg spoke of the “trade-offs” that come with trying to moderate a platform with billions of users, pages and posts.
  • Meanwhile, parent company Meta is settling a long-running lawsuit that alleged Facebook was illegally sharing user data with research firm Cambridge Analytica.
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Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg sought to explain some of the company’s more complex political issues this week during an interview with podcast host and martial arts commentator Joe Rogan.

During the podcast, which lasted nearly three hours, Zuckerberg spoke about the “trade-offs” that come with trying to moderate a platform with billions of users, pages and posts.

It’s not a responsibility Zuckerberg has said he enjoys or plans to take on, as CEO of Meta Platforms Inc., which owns Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger. The company tries to balance removing as much bad content as possible while realizing that the more aggressive it is, the more it means they’ll remove something by mistake, he said.

These mistakes “suck,” Zuckerberg admitted. “It sucks, although I think the same way that probably having to go through a criminal trial but being cleared sucks,” he added.

Rogan asked Zuckerberg about Facebook’s handling of a potentially damaging story about Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, just before the 2020 election. Facebook reduced distribution of the article by changing its algorithms, Zuckerberg said. The company did this because of warnings it had received from the FBI regarding Russian propaganda. The FBI told Facebook, “you should be on high alert” for a data dump from Russia, Zuckerberg said. “Depending on which side of the political spectrum, you either think we haven’t censored enough or we’ve censored it too much,” he said.

Zuckerberg took to Rogan’s podcast to help promote the Metaverse, his vision for the future of the internet that includes a series of virtual worlds where people will work and play as digital avatars. Zuckerberg also talked about Meta’s plans for augmented reality glasses, which he says will eventually be a major way to interact with the metaverse. Last year, Meta launched a pair of “smart glasses” with Ray-Ban, but these don’t yet have augmented reality technology.

Rules

Meta Platforms Inc. has settled a long-running lawsuit that alleged Facebook was illegally sharing user data with research firm Cambridge Analytica.

The preliminary settlement, disclosed in a filing late Friday, follows last month’s revelation that Zuckerberg would have to sit through six hours of questioning by plaintiffs’ attorneys. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Facebook users sued the company in 2018 after it was revealed that the British research firm linked to Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign had accessed the data of 87 million Facebook network subscribers. social media.

In bitter battles over pretrial information sharing, consumer attorneys have steadily gained leverage to dig into internal company records to back up their claims that Facebook failed to protect their personal data. Facebook’s parent company could have paid hundreds of millions of dollars had it lost the case.

Last month’s court filing also showed that COO Sheryl Sandberg is expected to testify. The depositions were to take place until September 20.

In Friday’s filing, attorneys for both sides asked the trial judge to stay it, to “facilitate the process of finalizing a written settlement agreement” and present it to the court for preliminary approval.

Meta declined to comment on the settlement.

Facebook had argued that it disclosed its practices in user agreements. He also said that anyone sharing their information on a social network should not expect to maintain their privacy.

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