Meta VP Complains That The Wall Street Journal Is Being Unfair Against His Company

Meta recently retorted against the Wall Street Journal, stating that the latter's attempts at oversimplification of facts and sensationalism are actively ignoring the company's attempts at maintaining user well-being.

All of this comes, of course, in light of the entire whistleblower incident. Frances Haugen, an ex-employee of Meta owned platform Facebook, came clean to the public about how she believed that the social network is actively profiting off of supplying its users with news feeds that are breeding grounds for triggering and controversial behavior. Ms. Haugen further states that this attitude towards high engagement content actively leads to the general community being frequently exposed to content that can disturb, or even damage, one's mental health. To further support her standpoint, Ms. Haugen has leaked entire swaths of insider memos and forum discussions, which she is also taking to the US Congress for further deliberation.

Naturally, such a heavy hitting topic has the attention of journalists and publications everywhere, with the Wall Street Journal playing a very active role in discussing the surrounding narrative. Fact of the matter is that much of what Ms. Haugen says seems to be believable or, at least, doesn't seem to be in the interest of personal gain. She wasn't fired from her job, Frances Haugen quit it. She didn't use Facebook or Meta for money, she took her concerns to Congress. All of that aside, Facebook also doesn't have the prettiest of images where user privacy and safety is concerned.

However, the social network is actively combatting the notion that it is harmful. Vice President and Head of Research at Facebook Pratiti Raychoudhry has made a post on Facebook's Newsroom about the Wall Street Journal. Not only does he actively condemn its style of journalism, Me. Raychoudhry also states that the good Facebook has done for its community is being ignored. He cites features such as Your Time and Control Your Notifications, which help users take a break from Facebook. He also states that almost any technology with social connotations will lead to some form of harmful side effects manifesting, citing an increase in unhealthy junk food from users watching TV.

Naturally, much like literally every executive at Meta, Mr. Raychoudhry actively tries to push around the blame. He cites taking a break as if it isn't precisely Facebook's own harmful content that warrants one. He mentions the harm effects of TV, as if the wrongs of cable network absolve him and his corporation of the blame. Mr. Mr. Raychoudhry, much like all others with him, is simply an extremely wealthy individual who's source of income is being attacked and he can't bring himself to see why. Which, in turn, is why this author will be very pleased to see how the Congressional hearings proceed.

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