SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A senior executive from Facebook Inc. said in an internal memo in 2016 that social media companies need to add more users, Buzzfeed News said on Thursday, leading to defamation on the part of senior management and the media Chief Executive Officer of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg.
The memo of Andrew Bosworth, a Facebook Vice President, was previously not reported as Facebook confronted with the handling of personal information and the tactics that the social media company used to reach 2.1 billion users
Zuckerberg stood by Bosworth, nicknamed "Boz" while referring to the contents of the Memos distanced. Bosworth affirmed the authenticity of the memo, but in a statement he denied his message and stated that his goal had been to stimulate the debate.
Facebook users, advertisers and investors have been in turmoil over a number of scandals for months, most recently with privacy practices that allowed Cambridge Analytica policy advice to obtain personal information about 50 million Facebook members. It is expected that Zuckerberg will testify in April at a hearing with US legislators.
"Boz is a talented leader who says lots of provocative things, one that most people on Facebook, including myself, disagree with, and we never thought the goals justified the means," Zuckerberg said a statement.
Bosworth wrote in the Memorandum of June 2016 that some "questionable" practices are okay if the result is the connection of people.
"That's why our work in growth is justified, all questionable import procedures for contacts, all the subtle language that helps people search for friends," he wrote in the memo that BuzzFeed publishes on his website Has.
He also urged colleagues not to be distracted by possible negative factors.
"Maybe it would cost a lifetime to expose someone to a fight, maybe someone dies in a terrorist attack that's tuned to our tools, and yet we connect people," he wrote.
Bosworth said Thursday that he disagrees with the post today "and I disagreed with it even as I wrote it."
"Conducting a debate on hard issues like this is a critical part of ours In order to do that effectively, we need to be able to take bad ideas into account in order to eliminate them, "said Bosworth.
David Ingram reporting, edited by Grant McCool