Zuckerberg Talks Legacy and the Future of Facebook in Speech

Amidst the scandals that have been hounding Facebook for quite some time, Mark Zuckerberg understandably found it necessary to address some of the concerns that people had concerning his leadership. This was especially important when it was recently revealed that Zuckerberg hosted private dinners with powerful conservatives, implying that he himself had a somewhat conservative slant with regards to his personal politics, something that created something of a furor among the users of Facebook as well as the internet community at large prompting a response from Facebook’s CEO.

Zuckerberg livestreamed a speech during which he discussed a wide variety of issues. One thing that he discussed was his legacy, as well as the legacy of the platform he owns. He talked about the future of Facebook, but at the same time he talked about something that he often discusses: freedom of expression. Zuckerberg emphasized the importance of freedom of speech, how everyone should be given a voice and subsequently went on to talk about how Facebook was a platform that made it possible for dissenting voices to be heard and to have their message spread to as many people as possible. One example that he gave of Facebook’s ability to facilitate protests was the fact that the Black Lives Matter hashtag originated on the platform.

Zuckerberg’s comments have seen a mixed response among the various people that were paying attention to what he was saying. Many people criticized Zuckerberg for coopting narratives to try and distract from the fact that something is very wrong with Facebook.

Many also pointed to the fact that Facebook allowed political ads to run for quite some time in spite of the fact that they were full of misinformation, which is just the latest addition in a long line of instances where Facebook facilitated the spread of fake news on its platform.

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