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Dear Facebook employees, - Barry Schnitt

Dear Facebook employees, - Barry Schnitt

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"We believe in Facebook’s mission that giving people tools to make the world more open is a better way to combat ignorance or deception than censorship.” It turns out that I was wrong... There are more options than just being “open” and “censorship”... The more successful Facebook is ... the more ignorance, deception ...in the world...

Facebook’s biggest strengths are also it’s biggest weaknesses ... Facebook focused on the connection ... [and] it knows what content people will find engaging... Wild conspiracy theories and incendiary rhetoric...

system is based on the quality of the connection and not the quality of the information, the forces of misinformation see a vulnerability ... exploiting it aggressively ...

I do not think it is a coincidence that Facebook’s choices appease those in power who have made misinformation, blatant racism and inciting violence part of their platform. Facebook ... put itself on the side of profit and cowardice...

In 2008... we decided that Facebook would take a hand’s off approach to content, the world didn’t need Facebook to fact check or contextualize information ...

Promoting free speech shouldn’t be used as a get out of tough choices card ... you have swung the pendulum all the way toward enabling expression. Let’s move it toward the quality of information or an outcome of an accurately informed public

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