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Facebook Whisleblower Outlines Conflicting Motivations in the Company’s Approach to News Content

October 4, 2021

Is Facebook bad for society, and does the company knowingly contribute to division and angst, in order to maximize usage and profit?

This is a key question that’s lingered for the past few years, especially since the 2016 US election. And now, we have some insight into Facebook’s own thinking on the subject – over the last two weeks, The Wall Street Journal has reported a range of internal studies, and responses to such from Facebook executives, which were leaked by a former Facebook staffer who sought to expose the company’s inaction in addressing key flaws in its design.

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