(PatrioticPost.com)- Social media giant Facebook simply can’t take responsibility for anything.
In an interview that aired on Sunday, Andrew Bosworth, an executive for the company, said individual users are responsible for the mountain of misinformation that spreads on his company’s social media platform.
Bosworth was asked if he believed that people’s hesitancy to get a COVID-19 vaccine would be the same if social media didn’t exist — or if it was monitored more fairly — and he responded:
“I think that Facebook ran probably the biggest COVID vaccine campaign in the world. What more can you do if some people who are going to get that real information from a real source choose not to get it?
“That’s their choice. They’re allowed to do that. You have an issue with those people. You don’t have an issue with Facebook. You can’t put that on me.”
Those are strong words for a man who’s about to serve as the chief technical officer for Facebook’s new parent company, Meta. Bosworth has been heavily involved in the company’s work on virtual and augmented reality.
The Sunday interview now shows that he has a distorted view of reality when it comes to Facebook’s role in spreading misinformation about the coronavirus, vaccine and many other topics.
Back in July, President Joe Biden said social media platforms such as Facebook were “killing people” due to the amount of misinformation about vaccines that is spread there. The president said:
“The only pandemic we have is among the unvaccinated. And they’re killing people.”
A few days after that initial statement, Biden softened his stance. He clarified that the individuals who were spreading the misinformation were the ones responsible, not the social media platforms. He said:
“Facebook isn’t killing people, these 12 people are out there giving misinformation. Anyone listening to it is getting hurt by it. It’s killing people. It’s bad information.”
Ironically, Bosworth said during the interview with Axios that it was “undemocratic” for Facebook or other social media platforms to control the speech of its users, even when the speech could be harmful. Of course, controlling people’s speech is exactly what Facebook has done in the past in many cases — most notably when it banned former President Donald Trump from the platform altogether.
He tried to explain:
“I don’t believe that the answer is ‘I will deny these people the information they seek, and I will enforce my will upon them.’ That can’t be the right answer. That cannot be the democratic answer.”
He also noted that “the onus is and should be, in any meaningful democracy, on the individual.”
Facebook doesn’t garner a lot of confidence from many people in America. A November poll, for instance, showed that nearly 75% of Americans believe that Facebook is making society worse.
Of those who were polled, 55% said they blame the way “some people use Facebook,” while 45% said they blame “the way Facebook itself is run.”