The problems of Facebook in the Cambridge Analytica scandal have increased a new document leaked. The document is, in fact, a memorandum written two years ago by a senior executive, who points out that the Facebook social network was determined to grow despite the risks it exposed its users to.
The text, written in 2016 was written by the veteran Facebook executive Andrew Bozworth, considered part of the inner circle of Mark Zuckerberg.
“The ugly truth is that we believe so much in connecting people that anything that allows us to connect more people more often is good ‘de facto’,” the memo says.
And he points out that although connecting people can bring positive results, such as finding love or preventing suicide, it can also have negative consequences, according to Bozworth’s reasoning.
“Maybe it can cost a life to expose someone to harassment,” the memo says. “Maybe someone dies in a terrorist attack coordinated with our tools,” he continues.
The executive is known to be a great defender of Facebook and for his few brakes in expressing what he thinks.
Andrew Bozworth doesn’t have the same opinions today
In response to a request from the AFP, Zuckerberg referred to Bozworth as a talented leader who says provocative things, such as the aforementioned text.
“That was one with which most people on Facebook, including myself, did not agree,” Zuckerberg said, referring to the Bozworth’s memorandum. “We have never believed that the end justifies the means,” added Zuckerberg.
On the other hand, Andrew Bozworth said that he does not have the same opinions today.
“The purpose of that memo, like many others that I have written internally, was to bring up issues that I think deserve more discussion in the company,” he explained.
The leaking of the memo comes as Facebook continues to struggle with a scandal over the data used by the British company Cambridge Analytica, a consulting firm linked to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.
Facebook is now facing investigations from both sides of the Atlantic Ocean as it is considered part of the Cambridge Analytica scandal in which the UK-based company is accused of illegally using the data of 50 million Facebook users to turn the desired result during the UK’s Brexit referendum.