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Markkula Center for Applied Ethics


Facebook Just Quietly Removed This Irresponsible Feature

Don Heider, executive director, quoted in TooFab.

"Did they anticipate a company could steal people's personal data and micro-target political ads towards them?" he asked. "Did they predict that foreign governments might use the platform to perpetuate falsities and manipulate public opinion? Did they anticipate when they introduced a live aspect to their platform that a terrorist would livestream a shooting of Muslims in a mosque?"d

"If they did anticipate, why didn't they do something? I think Facebook has not had a great track record in trying to anticipate the harm that can come from their product, and then aggressively taking steps to mitigate that potential harm."

Don Heider, executive director at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, quoted in TooFab.


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