Skip to comments.A Facebook executive warns the company’s employees not to tilt the scales against Trump
Posted on 01/08/2020 10:59:45 AM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
SAN FRANCISCO Since the 2016 election, when Russian trolls and a tsunami of misinformation turned social media into a partisan battlefield, Facebook has wrestled with the role it played in President Donald Trumps victory.
Now, according to a memo obtained by The New York Times, a longtime Facebook executive told employees that the company had a moral duty not to tilt the scales against Trump as he seeks reelection.
On Dec. 30, Andrew Bosworth, head of Facebooks virtual and augmented reality division, wrote on his internal Facebook page that, as a liberal, he found himself wanting to use the social networks powerful platform against Trump. But citing the Lord of the Rings franchise and philosopher John Rawls, Bosworth said that doing so would eventually backfire.
I find myself desperately wanting to pull any lever at my disposal to avoid the same result, he wrote. So what stays my hand? I find myself thinking of the Lord of the Rings at this moment.
Specifically when Frodo offers the ring to Galadrial and she imagines using the power righteously, at first, but knows it will eventually corrupt her, he said, misspelling the name of the character Galadriel. As tempting as it is to use the tools available to us to change the outcome, I am confident we must never do that or we will become that which we fear.
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Well, Andy, it looks like your minions are ignoring you.
Pretty sure he meant “for”.
Plato, Tolkin and Orwell... Nice to think someone at Facebook might 'get it'... Good for you Andrew Bosworth - you've avoided the totalitarian thug test...
Good morning, Mr. Van Wrinkle. You’ve been asleep for four years.
But seriesly, I knew if I kept up my one-man boycott of Facebook, they’d eventually cave./s
Now I’ll just stay off of it because social media sucks.
Sounds as if he had a come to Jesus moment, perhaps after receiving a call from someone in the Administration.
He’s probably a fairy but he’s no Galadriel.
That ship sailed long ago.
The Enemedia need an Enema!
“I am confident we must never do that or we will become that which we fear.
Ooops, too late.
All for show. A well drafted email that was ‘accidentally’ leaked to the NYT. Nice try.
Sorry, Andrew Bosworth, you don’t convince me. The Left never stops lying. Ever.
All they have is probably getting people to donate & that is about it!
Bosworth on the Left, Zuckerberg on the Right.
Would like to see facebook peeps posting Trump’s full speech on there- and BOLDING the following:
“Irans hostilities substantially increased after the foolish Iran nuclear deal was signed in 2013, and they were given $150 billion, not to mention $1.8 billion in cash. Instead of saying thank you to the United States, they chanted death to America. In fact, they chanted death to America the day the agreement was signed.”
Zuckerberg met Trump for lunch a couple of weeks back.
Dear fellow employees - dont use your power against Trump. WINK, WINK!
Well, I think that this guy is either very uninformed or naive to be a liberal...but at least he is an HONEST liberal who understands that power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Would that the rest of the left side of the political spectrum be so honest.
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