“In July 2016, the aftermath of a police shooting of an African-American man was broadcast live on Facebook. Instantly, Americans of all stripes used the platform to step up the race wars and attack each other. Across the world, in India this past summer, a post of a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad on Facebook sparked mob violence in which one person died,” writes Aarti Shahani in their recent NPR article entitled “Mark Zuckerberg's Big Blind Spot And The Conflict Within Facebook.”
“And now, U.S. lawmakers are looking into Facebook's culpability after evidence that Russia-linked operatives placed ads on its platform during the 2016 presidential election in an effort to disrupt democracy,” Shahani notes.
“For Zuckerberg, connecting the world means bringing people together. But increasingly the platform is being used by some very powerful elements to do the exact opposite: sow divisions. That's led Facebook struggling almost every week to offer explanations for misleading and divisive news on its platform,” Shahani explains.
Shahani’s article quickly resonated with us. From its title to the context of Zuckerberg’s ongoing battle to protect the Facebook platform and its users.
Yes, Facebook is different than your property on many levels.
But, the fight to keep your customers and property (Zuckerberg’s platform) safe – well, that’s something you have in common.