Facebook will stop recommending activist and political groups to users of the social media platform.
CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced this on Wednesday. In the United States, this measure was actually taken last fall due to the increasing political tensions surrounding the presidential elections.
After a year in which Facebook has struggled to combat disinformation and problematic content – especially racist -, Facebook says it wants to focus more on “positive” groups. Since the storming of the Washington Capitol building at the start of these months, the question has been raised about what role tech companies played in it. Several social media platforms cut off former President Donald Trump’s access to its platform after the events of January 6. However, there has been criticism that tech companies should have intervened earlier while at the same time raising the question whether this was a dangerous precedent.
Facebook now says it wants to help its users “ have a good time. ” Zuckerberg announced the action in a presentation of his company’s quarterly results.
The results were also very good. Facebook scored more than it did in the fourth quarter of 2020 $ 28 billion in revenue Mainly from ads. For example, the technology company reached $ 11.22 billion in net profit, an increase of 53 percent over the previous year.