Zuckerberg will permanently depoliticise Facebook following violence organised on platform

By Adam Smith
Jan. 28, 2021

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said that the social media company will be reducing the amount of political content on its platform.

In the company’s fourth-quarter earning’s call, Mr Zuckerberg said that there were numerous groups that he did not want on the social media platform “even if they don’t violate [Facebook’s] policies”.

Mr Zuckerberg also said that Facebook would be reducing the amount of political content in the News Feed, although the company is “still working through exactly the best ways to do this”.

Although political groups and discussions will still continue on the platform, “one of the top pieces of feedback that we are hearing from our community right now is that people don’t want politics and fighting to take over their experience on our services”, Zuckerberg added.

Following the events of 6 January, when violent insurrectionists stormed the Capitol Building, Facebook had received criticism from multiple politicians and groups for denying the social media company’s role in platforming the rioters.

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