A crackdown on political amplification: During the company’s fourth-quarter earnings call on Wednesday, Zuckerberg called the move “a continuation of the work we’ve been doing for some time to turn the heat down and discourage divisive conversations.”
The Facebook chief also said the company was considering taking further steps to limit the amount of political content users see in its news feed.
“Politics has kind of had a way of creeping into everything, and I think a lot of … the comments we’re seeing from our community are that people don’t want that in their experience,” Zuckerberg said on the call with investors.
Under pressure: Tech companies face immense political scrutiny for the role of social media platforms in the insurgency on Capitol Hill.
Last week, dozens of Democrats called on Facebook and other social media companies to review their recommendations and algorithms to reduce the spread of inflammatory, divisive and violent content on their platforms. Lawmakers denounced the companies, saying that by creating a “digital echo chamber” they had helped radicalize those who stormed the Capitol.
“Perhaps no entity is more responsible for spreading large-scale conspiracy theories or igniting anti-government grievances than the one you launched and oversee today as CEO “they wrote in a letter to Zuckerberg. .
The issue has also raised bipartisan concerns. A group of Republican and Democratic senators in 2019 team up on legislation to require platforms to give users the ability to discover sites without algorithmic recommendations.