Mark Zuckerberg: "I apologize for the division caused by using my work on Facebook"

By:   Fedora Atjeh Fedora Atjeh   |   10/02/2017 12:18:00 PM

The founder of Facebook used his personal account on the occasion of the Jewish festival of Yom Kippur, making an amendment to the criticisms he has received over the last year. 

On Saturday night, Mark Zuckerberg used his personal Facebook account on the occasion of Yom Kippur, a Jewish celebration dedicated to forgiveness and repentance, to send a message commensurate with that climate.

"This evening concludes Yom Kippur, the holiest day for the Jews in which we reflect on the past and ask for forgiveness for our mistakes. For those I injured this year, I apologize and tell them that I will try to do things, "said the head of the technology firm.

What is striking is that their commitment also alluded to the complex situation that Facebook is experiencing due to the appearance of hate messages and possible Russian interference in the US elections. Alongside his social network, Mark Zuckerberg has been the target of criticism from various fronts.

"For the ways in which my work has been used to divide people rather than bring us closer, I ask for forgiveness and I will work to make it better. That we all be better in the year ahead and that everyone can be inscribed in the book of life, "concluded Zuckerberg.

So far, the businessman and Facebook have added criticism of important figures such as the former President Barack Obama, Angela Merkel, the current Chancellor of Germany, as well as various organizations in defense of freedom of expression.

Despite substantial improvements during events such as the German election or the introduction of tools against false news, there are still those who believe that Facebook can do more to regulate this kind of content.

In addition, Zuckerberg had previously denied the influence of his platform on politics, and then admitted that external agents made use of the social network to influence the United States elections. This situation left the executive director of Facebook very badly.

That complicated context has led the company to respond to the US Congress for its passivity to this activity, sending a large amount of documentation related to the advertising purchased by alleged Russian agents to the company.

Beyond the problems, in other areas, the growth of the Instagram Stories - inversely proportional to Snapchat's stagnation - and a 2 billion user base on Facebook, seem to hold firm the company's position on the Internet; however, this situation poses new challenges such as the current ones.

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