Facebook VP’s memo suggests relentless growth is good, even if it gives a platform to terrorists or bullies

Facebook VP’s memo suggests relentless growth is good, even if it gives a platform to terrorists or bullies

In a never-before-seen internal memo titled “The Ugly,” published today by BuzzFeed News, Facebook VP Andrew Bosworth advocated that the social media giant be relentless about growth, even if someone kills themselves as a result of bullying or people are killed in terrorist attacks organized on its platforms. The memo, Bosworth said in tweets and a statement released shortly after the news report, was meant to be provocative and led to debate that “helped shape our tools for the better.” In the memo that can be read in full on BuzzFeed News, Bosworth says the company’s growth tactics have been more important to Facebook than things like the News Feed or Facebook Messenger. The natural state of the world is to be disconnected, Bosworth argues, and Facebook’s goal — seemingly no matter the cost — is to connect people. That can be good if they make it positive. So we connect more people That can be bad if they make it negative. And still we connect people. The ugly truth is that we believe in connecting people so deeply that anything that allows us to connect more people more often is *de facto* good. All of the work we do to bring more communication in. Bosworth has been at Facebook since 2006. Though Facebook disclosed the misuse of user data this month, the company had knowledge of the improper use of data back in 2015.

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Above: Facebook VP Andrew Bosworth speaks at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference on September 22, 2015 in San Francisco, Calif.

In a never-before-seen internal memo titled “The Ugly,” published today by BuzzFeed News, Facebook VP Andrew Bosworth advocated that the social media giant be relentless about growth, even if someone kills themselves as a result of bullying or people are killed in terrorist attacks organized on its platforms.

The memo, Bosworth said in tweets and a statement released shortly after the news report, was meant to be provocative and led to debate that “helped shape our tools for the better.”

In the memo that can be read in full on BuzzFeed News, Bosworth says the company’s growth tactics have been more important to Facebook than things like the News Feed or Facebook Messenger. The natural state of the world is to be disconnected, Bosworth argues, and Facebook’s goal — seemingly no matter the cost — is to connect people.

That can be good if they make it positive. Maybe someone finds love. Maybe it even saves the life of someone on the brink of suicide.

So we connect more people

That can be bad if they make it negative. Maybe it costs a life by exposing someone to bullies. Maybe someone dies in a terrorist attack coordinated on our tools.

And still we connect people.

The ugly truth is that we believe in connecting people so deeply that anything that allows us to connect more people more often is *de facto* good. It is perhaps the only area where the metrics do tell the true story as far as we are concerned.

That isn’t something we are doing for ourselves. Or for…

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