Facebook crisis: Battling the rough seas, the land seems far from the reach of Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook crisis

Facebook crisis: United Nations blamed Facebook for spreading hatred against Rohingya in Myanmar

Facebook crisis: Indian government issues notice to Facebook to assert whether personal data of Indian voters and users were compromised in the recent Cambridge Analytica fiasco

A plethora of issues surrounding Facebook; battling the rough seas, the land seems far from the reach of Mark Zuckerberg. In a recent interview, Apple CEO Tim Cook criticized Facebook for its data privacy practices.

When asked what he would do if he were currently faced with the problems confronting Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Cook said: “I wouldn’t be in this situation.” Cook said that Apple has never believed that detailed online profiles of people should exist. “We can make a ton of money if customers were our product. We have elected not to do that.”

In his defence, Mark Zuckerberg said it was “extremely glib” to suggest that because the public did not pay to use Facebook that it did not care about them. He further said “that unlike iPhones, which can be expensive, Facebook offers a free service that everyone, regardless of class or income, is able to use. The reality here is that if you want to build a service that helps connect everyone in the world, then there are a lot of people who can’t afford to pay, and therefore, as with a lot of media, having an advertising-supported model is the only rational model that can support building this service to reach people…But if you want to build a service which is not just serving rich people, then you need to have something that people can afford.”

Facebook woes continue..

The Indian government has issued a notice in order to assert whether personal data of Indian voters and users were compromised in the recent Cambridge Analytica fiasco.

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) has asked Facebook whether data has been used to manipulate the Indian electoral process. Facebook has to respond to the notice by April 7, 2018. The Ministry is seeking clarity whether “the personal data of Indian voters and users has been compromised by Cambridge Analytica or any other downstream entity in any manner, and if so, how was it compromised?” The ministry has also sent notice to Cambridge Analytica for the same.

Recently, United Nations had blamed Facebook for spreading hatred against Rohingya in Myanmar. Mark Zuckerberg in an interview with Vox’s Ezra Klein spoke about Facebook’s role for the same.

Mark Zuckerberg said, “The Myanmar issues have, I think, gotten a lot of focus inside the company, and they’re real issues and we take this really seriously.”

Further, he speaks on how Facebook detected that people were trying to spread “sensational messages” through Facebook Messenger to incite violence on both sides of the conflict. He acknowledged that in such instances, it’s clear that people are using Facebook “to incite real-world harm.” But in this case, the messages were detected and stopped from going through.

“This is certainly something that we’re paying a lot of attention to, It’s a real issue, and we want to make sure that all of the tools that we’re bringing to bear on eliminating hate speech, inciting violence, and basically protecting the integrity of civil discussions that we’re doing in places like Myanmar, as well as places like the US that do get a disproportionate amount of the attention” said Zuckerberg.