Mark Zuckerberg said Facebook will implement changes that “will make many angry” after recently being criticized for allowing politicians to lie in their ads disguising it as freedom of expression.
“It’s our new approach and I think it will make many people angry,” said the CEO of the social network during the 2020 Silicon Slopes Technology Summit in Salt Lake City, Utah last Friday, January 31.
The businessman commented that, despite the criticism, that did not bother him much. “Frankly, our old approach also pissed off a lot of people, so let’s try something different,” Zuckerberg said.
What Zuckerberg was referring to is that Facebook will support “freedom of expression” and activate stronger encryption in its services, which also include WhatsApp and Instagram.
In the last months of 2019, the company faced criticism for openly allowing politicians to post false information in their ads. However, despite this and that other social networks have banned political propaganda on their platforms, Facebook continues to defend its actions.
“Let’s get up for freedom of expression. Unfortunately this is a very controversial thing, ”said Zuckerberg. Although this freedom does not commonly include slander, which have been allowed in Facebook’s political ads.
“My goal for the next decade is not to be loved, to be understood,” said Zuckerberg. “Because for them to trust you, people need to know what your beliefs are.”