Facebook executive blames society, not social networks for COVID-19 misinformation

Washington: Andrew Bosworth, Facebook’s chief executive officer, said in an interview with Axios on Monday that it’s society, not social networks, that is to blame for misinformation about COVID-19.

He pointed out that freedom of expression can sometimes be dangerous, especially when used to spread misinformation, but that democracy must be able to tolerate it because it is a basic human right.

“Individuals are the ones who choose to believe or not believe something. They are the ones who choose to share something or not. I don’t feel comfortable at all when I say they don’t have a voice because I don’t have it” I don’t agree with what they said, I don’t like what they said Bosworth said.

When asked if criticism of COVID-19 vaccination would be the same without social networks, Bosworth noted that Facebook plays an important role in spreading reliable information about COVID-19. However, according to the Executive, it is still up to users to decide whether to believe this information or listen to other people’s personal opinions.

“It’s their choice. They’re allowed to do it. You have a problem with these people. You don’t have a problem with Facebook. You can’t put that on me,” he said.

At the same time, Bosworth noted, misinformation is essentially an ordering problem. According to him, social networks cannot deprive people of the information they are looking for, stressing that at some point the main responsibility falls on the individual.

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