Mark Zuckerberg Seeks Forgiveness For Division Caused By His Work

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Facebook Inc founder and chief executive Mark
Zuckerberg asked for forgiveness for ways his work was used to divide people in
a Facebook posting marking the end of Yom Kippur, the Jewish holiday of
atonement on Oct 2.
“For the ways my work was used to divide
people rather than bring us together, I ask forgiveness and I will work to do
better,” Zuckerberg said in the post.

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He did not refer to specific issues in the message,
which comes as Facebook and other technology companies are under increased
scrutiny amid a US investigation into potential Russian involvement in the 2016
US Presidential election campaign.
Facebook said on Sept 6 it had found that an
operation likely based in Russia spent US$100,000 (RM423,150) on thousands of
US ads promoting divisive social and political messages in a two-year-period
through May.
Facebook, the dominant social media network, said
3,000 ads and 470 “inauthentic” accounts and pages spread polarizing
views on topics including immigration, race and gay rights.
Facebook has launched an overhaul of how it handles
paid political advertisements, after US lawmakers threatened to regulate the
world’s largest social network over secretive ads that run during election
campaigns.

Probes being conducted by several congressional
committees along with the Department of Justice, have clouded US President
Donald Trump’s tenure since he took office in January and have threatened his
agenda, which has yet to secure a major legislative victory. — Reuters

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