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The reason why Facebook allows the promotion of animal abuse on its website

The reason why Facebook allows provocative posts promoting animal abuse on its website is because Mark Zuckerberg is uncomfortable with making decisions about content policy. He doesn’t want to make the decisions. He probably can’t make them. He is unqualified to make such decisions and he knows it. He’s a nerd and he got lucky. He has 60% voting rights at his company. The world has a 33-year-old nerd (and a bit creepy) “who has basically full control of the experience of 2bn people around the world” (pollster Travis McGinn).

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There’s a lot of drift in Facebook and it is because Mark Zuckerberg is unable to make decisions on content. On numerous occasions people like myself have complained to Facebook when bringing to their attention provocative pages and posts condoning or encouraging animal abuse. On every occasion they have said that it does not violate their policy regulations.

I could never understand it. I wasn’t the only one. Now I understand. Mark Zuckerberg who is worth US$64 billion has recently said that he wants to abdicate responsibility for monitoring what appears on his website through a new set of policies and controls.

“I feel fundamentally uncomfortable sitting here in California in an office making content policy decisions for people around the world. Things like, “where is the line on hate speech?” I mean who chose me to be the person that did that? I guess I have to, because we are here now, but I’d rather not.”

Well, there you have it: Mark Zuckerberg is out of his depth on his own website when it comes to deciding what can and what cannot be on it. And he can’t make up his mind up about data protection and it seems many other issues.

He was a brilliant programmer and he came up with a brilliant idea with the help of other people and that’s about it. A former mentor said that Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook “is so far off track I don’t know how they get back”. As Bryan Appleyard and Danny Fortson write in The Sunday Times, a year ago he was going to be President.

One of the great problems with the Internet is that the primary way websites make money is through advertising. It might be better if people started to pay a subscription to all content websites because effective advertising depends upon knowing a lot about users which can lead to abuse of personal data. That situation needs to be avoided. Website visitors don’t seem to realise that content has to be paid for somehow.

Facebook is drifting towards a time when it will be government regulated and I hope that there will be a time when Facebook moderators are unable to state that grossly objectionable posts promoting animal abuse does not violate their policies.

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Michael Broad

Hi, I'm a 71-year-old retired solicitor (attorney in the US). Before qualifying I worked in many jobs including professional photography. I have a girlfriend, Michelle. I love nature, cats and all animals. I am concerned about their welfare.

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  • Zuckerberg is full of BS and a shit head. He is pretending to be noble and keeping FB free of censorship or some other crappy, BS excuse. He is only worried that FB will become obsolete and irrelevant because there is no controversy and no one will use it any more, and ads will dry up because he is an egomaniac and loves his fame. Boycott FB for animal abuse and make his nightmare come true.

    • Well said. Facebook also tricks people into giving away phone log data because users never read the terms and conditions. FB knows this.

  • So I suppose you think it's unacceptable for FaceBook to allow others to make death-threats against people who kill cats, like that stupid veterinarian in Texas who shot a cat with her bow and arrow, and then bragged about it on FB?

    • What this Texas veterinarian did was clearly unacceptable. Also it is unacceptable if people make death threats against her. That's common sense and obvious. I have no idea why you have written your comment. Except to verbally attack me which I take as a compliment.

      I'm still waiting for your response to my previous comment in providing evidence about children's eyesight being damaged. Do you remember that question?

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