Mark Zuckerberg, CEO, and founder of the biggest social networking site, Facebook, has blamed Donald Trump, the USA’s former president, for the Capitol riots. He alleged that Trump used “provoking” and “misguiding” words which caused the misunderstanding among the people and led to the riots. He also blamed Trump that his “words” led to people’s such “action.”
When he first appeared before the US Congress since the January 6 attack planned by the civilians, Zuckerberg on Thursday also accused people of spreading misleading or propagandist content for spreading hate. During a House Energy and Commerce hearing, lawmakers pressured the CEO of Facebook to commit to the attack to facilitate the attack.
“How can you not at least agree that Facebook has played a major role in recruiting, planning, and carrying out capital attacks?” asked Democratic Alliance Representative Mike Doyle Zuckerberg, “the burden is on the people who have taken the initiative to break the law and rebel.”
“Secondly, even with the people who are distributing that content, including the president but also others and, with repeated remarks over time, saying the election was frustrating and encouraging people to organize, I think those people have a key responsibility.”
Trump has been permanently banned from Twitter and has been suspended on Facebook and YouTube, although it is not yet clear if he will be allowed to do so again. Some politicians want to amend Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which protects liability platforms over user content.
Sites warned that removing them altogether would damage free speech, but Facebook has suggested it be legal to change the law. Democrat Frank Pallone, chairman of the committee, last night warned companies: “Your business model has become a problem and the term of control is over. It’s time to dump her and move on. “