Nick Clegg ‘can’t say’ whether Facebook’s algorithm helped inspire US Capitol riot

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Facebook’s Nick Clegg declined to answer directly when pressed whether the social media giant’s algorithm helped inspire the January 6 Capital riot.

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Mr Clegg claimed on CNN that Facebook’s algorithms actually acted as “huge spam filters” and that their removal would result in people seeing “more, not less, hate speech; more, not less, misinformation.” “

Facebook’s vice president for global affairs and former UK deputy prime minister was asked directly by host Dana Bash whether the company’s algorithms “raise pro-insurgency voices before January 6th?”


“I can’t give you a yes or no answer for that individual feed that everyone uses,” Mr Clegg said, adding that he blamed the violence on the people who participated and the politicians who inspired it. charged up.

Ms Bash then asked Mr Clegg if it was problematic that “you’re not really sure whether your platform allowed it to end up as this massive attack and escalate?”

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Mr Clegg told him that “every person’s news feed is different for him” and that he could not give him a “generic answer” on Facebook’s role in delivering election misinformation to those participating in the riots.

“But if I may, if our algorithms are as nefarious as some suggest, why is it that it is precisely those systems that have been successful in reducing the hate speech, the prevalence of hate speech on our platforms. down to 0.05 percent?” He asked.

“This means that for every 10,000 bits of content, you’ll only see 5 bits of hate speech. I wish we could narrow it down to zero.”

Earlier, Mr Clegg denied whistleblower Frances Haugen’s claims that the company “put its astronomical advantage before the people” and needed regulation.

“I don’t think a company that just puts profit above everything else will do what we’ve done,” Mr Clegg said, adding that Facebook is “making sure that our platform is worth using.” safe for.”

Ms Haugen, 37, a data scientist, appeared before Congress last week and accused her former employer of pursuing profit over security.

Former Facebook Product Manager told 60 minutes That the company disbanded its Civic Integrity team a month before the riots, where Trump supporters tried to block authentication of Joe Biden’s election victory.

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