You don’t have to be a fan of Mark Zuckerberg to know a good question when you hear it, even if it comes from him. To be sure, he asked one that would be wildly uncomfortable for the left to answer.
Zuckerberg was responding with a statement to the recent whistleblower that appeared on 60 Minutes, claiming that Facebook was intentionally dividing the country for profit. The whistleblower, Frances Haugen, claimed she had insider knowledge about how Facebook was targeting kids with extreme forms of content and claimed congress should buckle down on Facebook and force it to stop promoting content she considers harmful.
As Daily Wire reported, Haugen is a hard-left activist with donations to Democrats of a similar ideological stance as her. She also shares lawyers with the Ukraine whistleblower that led to Donald Trump’s impeachment.
Facebook, and indeed all platforms in Silicon Valley, do need a day of reckoning. Section 230 is outdated and needs to be restructured. That they target conservatives isn’t a question, and it would appear that Haugen’s true intent is to have social media companies crackdown on conservative content even more.
Zuckerberg, of course, believes that Facebook is doing nothing wrong, and released a statement in a Facebook post to that effect. Within his statement, however, he got down to the crux of the problem with a simple question:
Many of the claims don’t make any sense. If we wanted to ignore research, why would we create an industry-leading research program to understand these important issues in the first place? If we didn’t care about fighting harmful content, then why would we employ so many more people dedicated to this than any other company in our space — even ones larger than us? If we wanted to hide our results, why would we have established an industry-leading standard for transparency and reporting on what we’re doing? And if social media were as responsible for polarizing society as some people claim, then why are we seeing polarization increase in the US while it stays flat or declines in many countries with just as heavy use of social media around the world?
The final question is the most important one.
“If social media were as responsible for polarizing society as some people claim, then why are we seeing polarization increase in the US while it stays flat or declines in many countries with just as heavy use of social media around the world?”
Clearly, social media is responsible for quite a bit of the division we see in America. While half of it is the clear bias to the left shown by these coastal tech companies, the other half has to do with human nature. Introducing anonymity and the safety to say whatever you want without personal consequence results in many people becoming a lot less polite and a lot more polarizing. It’s hard to falsely accuse someone of being a Nazi when you might receive a broken nose for your efforts.
But a lot of the polarizing isn’t Zuckerberg’s fault, it’s the left’s.
These are the same people who tell the black community that Republicans want to put them back in chains and that they just as soon as kill a trans person as see them. They say that Republicans are a “death cult” and are “anti-science.” Conservatives are simultaneously diabolical geniuses and backwood idiots. We hate women and want to put them back into the kitchen to remain barefoot, pregnant, and subservient. We want to force them to give birth but could care less about the child afterward.
They want to convince your child that they’re gender fluid and that this country was founded on the evils of racism. Nothing else matters except for these facts.
The left has become extreme and it wants to paint everyone who is not them as the extremists. Sadly, they’ve done a very good job of this and more people believe their lies to be true than one would think possible.
We’re so divided because division is profitable, not necessarily to social media, but to the left. The more divided we are the easier it is to convince others to come to their side and vote against the monsters on the right. Through power they gain wealth, through wealth they gain power.
Zuckerberg’s question is one that needs to be strongly considered, but it’s one the left would rather you not think about too hard.