So, as we saw in the previous thread about Twitter (which understandibly wound up expanding to all social media), the state of social media as a whole can be described as "blasted hellscape", with the companies involved routinely defending the spread of hate speech with bizzare paeans to free speech, while profiting behind the scenes as well. Of note, Facebook remains defiant in the face of advertisers pulling ads
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg reflected on the growing ad boycott against his company in a video town hall last Friday, telling employees that his “guess is that all these advertisers will be back on the platform soon enough,” according to a transcript of the meeting acquired by The Information.
“We’re not gonna change our policies or approach on anything because of a threat to a small percent of our revenue, or to any percent of our revenue,” he said, according The Information.
A Facebook spokesperson told FOX Business that the company won’t cave to an advertising boycott.
“We take these matters very seriously and respect the feedback from our partners. We’re making real progress keeping hate speech off our platform, and we don't benefit from this kind of content,” a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement to FOX Business. “But as we've said, we make policy changes based on principles, not revenue pressures."
It's the principles argument that scares me most, for reasons best put forth by C.S. Lewis:
Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.
And yes, I do believe that this is part of what drives this attitude, beyond mere profit - many of the people in social media do, for a number of reasons, believe that there is an obligation to air hate - which is a large part of how we got here in the first place.