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Facebook recently hired a former top FBI counterterrorism official to tackle what has been called the biggest potential threat to Facebook’s users. The challenge? Facebook is banned in India, and many of its 45 million Indian users post in local languages and cannot read English. But those factors are not enough to deter founder Mark Zuckerberg, who told the Washington Post, “I’m committed to doing whatever it takes to build a safe, democratic platform for all of its users.” For political risk consultancy the Eurasia Group, Facebook has faced difficult decisions which have directly impacted its business and user base.
Michael D. Acosta is a former White House Counsel who has worked with companies including Facebook, Google and Amazon, and he told Kilmeade & Friends, “Obviously the civil rights groups think that Facebook is being inherently anti-women and anti-democracy, but that’s not the whole picture. As it pertains to Facebook, the SEC took action against it. It’s been fined $9 billion dollars. “
Co-founder of the Hub of Economic Systems, Ram Mishra, agreed with Acosta that Facebook could have a potential free speech issue if the company is censoring legitimate content. So how are they handling these concerns? To begin with, they have hired some prominent people including former FBI counterterrorism chief and Judge Marcia Cooke for leadership.
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