Facebook: “we created this machine, but we can’t control it”


Tencent technology news according to foreign media reports, nearly half of the world’s people are using Facebook products. The impact of such a large scale of development has become the focus of debate among the company’s leadership. The leaders of the company even worried that “we created this machine, but we can’t control it”.
In early September, a meeting of Facebook leaders focused on “whether Facebook has become too large”. The general tone of the meeting was, “we created this machine, but we can’t control it.”
A Facebook spokesman said the company did not agree with media coverage of the meeting, but declined to provide additional statements.
Over the years, Facebook has faced criticism due to the impact of its huge scale and has occasionally been forced to attend congressional hearings. The data scandal of Cambridge Analytics has stolen the data of hundreds of millions of Facebook users; In the months before the 2016 US presidential election, foreign influence forces used Facebook to spread manipulation information among American voters; Recently, on January 6, insurgents used Facebook to plan and communicate during the attack on the U.S. Capitol.
Some lawmakers have called for regulation of Facebook, which may force the company to spin off services such as instagram, WhatsApp and oculus VR hardware.
Even so, it will not solve the problem of Facebook’s huge scale. Facebook is the world’s largest social network, with nearly 3 billion users. (reviewed by Tencent technology / Lexue)