Facebook Global Head of Safety Antigone Davis defended the corporate’s practices Tuesday, claiming most individuals really feel protected utilizing the platform whereas calling for extra rules to present customers confidence within the firm.

The social media large is underneath hearth on a number of fronts, including accusations that it knowingly exposes customers to dangerous materials for higher engagement and revenue.

“When you deem something unsafe, do you get to decide, let’s remove from this from the platform, or is it the people who are also responsible for revenue?” MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle requested.

“So I don’t personally decide, but it is the safe and security team that decides,” Davis mentioned. “Of course we want to allow for freedom of expression, but one of the underlying principles behind the work that we do is ensuring people’s safety and security. Most people really do feel quite safe and secure on our platform, and they’re coming back and using our platform because they do feel safe and secure, and we are doing a good job to get that content off. But I do think there are validation systems that people want in place.”


Ruhle shot again that “a lot of people felt safe smoking cigarettes” or not getting vaccinated.

“People don’t feel like putting seat belts on. They’re uncomfortable but they wear them because it’s saves them,” Ruhle mentioned. 

“And I think we are actually fundamentally aligned here, which is we do think that is what’s necessary,” she mentioned. “We do think that regulation is important so there is somebody outside of us validating our work.” 

Former Facebook employee and whistleblower Frances Haugen testifies before a Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation hearing on Capitol Hill, October 5, 2021, in Washington, DC. (Photo by Drew Angerer / POOL / AFP) (Photo by DREW ANGERER/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Former Facebook worker and whistleblower Frances Haugen testifies earlier than a Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation listening to on Capitol Hill, October 5, 2021, in Washington, DC. (Photo by Drew Angerer / POOL / AFP) (Photo by DREW ANGERER/POOL/AFP through Getty Images)
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Davis referred to as for particular guidelines on what information on Facebook customers it might present to impartial researchers. She additionally mentioned, as a mom, she wouldn’t work at Facebook if she thought social media was dangerous to youngsters. 

The debate over Facebook cuts into problems with freedom of speech, authorities overreach, what constitutes censorship, and who decides what’s true or not. Criticism of Facebook is a uncommon difficulty that has united some parts of the left and proper, albeit for various causes, because the latter has complained about censorship of conservatives whereas some liberals need extra motion taken in opposition to what they deem hateful content material.


Davis appeared on MSNBC after a stormy 48 hours for the corporate. Whistleblower Frances Haugen revealed herself on “60 Minutes” because the leaker of personal analysis on what she referred to as its amplification of hateful content material and misinformation, and Facebook and Instagram suffered an hours-long outage Monday that despatched its inventory tumbling.

Haugen testified earlier than Congress Tuesday and continued to accuse Facebook of prioritizing income over the well-being of its billions of customers by purposefully exposing it to inflammatory content material. She prompt exempting Facebook’s algorithms from Section 230 protections, just like laws launched by Democratic Reps. Anna Eshoo, Calif., and Tom Malinowski, N.J.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has beforehand referred to as for lawmakers to make the form of regulatory calls he would not consider needs to be as much as non-public firms.

“I just believe strongly that Facebook shouldn’t be the arbiter of truth of everything that people say online,” he mentioned final 12 months. “Private companies probably shouldn’t be, especially these platform companies, shouldn’t be in the position of doing that.”