A Facebook engineer said in a farewell video that the company “failed to” mitigate damage and “documented failure in our policy”, BuzzFeed News reported on Thursday. Max Wang, a Boston-based former engineer who claimed in the recording obtained by BuzzFeed joining Facebook in 2011 said he did not think CEO Mark Zuckerberg and other company executives were acting maliciously.
“But that doesn’t mean their actions won’t hurt people,” Wang said. He added that he did not believe that Facebook “paid enough attention to the raw human needs of the people using our platform.” The company is “trapped in our ideology of free speech,” he said.
Wang was particularly concerned about how the platform handled – or failed to handle – a controversial post of President Trump, saying, “When the looting begins, the shooting begins” over protesters in Minneapolis. Facebook chose not to take any action and left the message, despite Twitter adding a label to the tweeted version for “glorifying violence.”
Wang said Zuckerberg’s comments at a corporate meeting about the post felt like “gaslighting.”
“We didn’t ask” is this thing following our policy? “We asked ‘why does our policy allow this?’ Said Wang. “Why don’t our policies require us to take action?” Zuckerberg came up with his response around following policy rather than setting policy, Wang added. The response led to a virtual outage on June 1 by dozens of Facebook employees.
Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Thursday.