In an interview with Reuters, six days after the attack on the US Capitol, Facebook’s chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg maligned her company’s role in the day’s horrific events, which led to the deaths of five people.
Sandberg said at the time, “I think these programs were largely organized on platforms that lack our ability to curb hatred and not our standards and our transparency.” QAnon, conspiracies and attempts to remove violent militias.
At Thursday’s hearing with the House Energy and Commerce Committee, lawmakers said of Sandberg’s denial, but Facebook still did not have a good answer.
In his opening statements, Zuckerberg said that Facebook “did our part” to defend the US election and blamed it on former President Donald Trump’s actions.
“I believe that the former director They should be responsible for their words and those who break the law should be responsible for their actions, ”Zuckerberg wrote.
Asked if Facebook “takes responsibility” for unfairly spreading electoral misinformation and the Stop the Still Movement, Zuckerberg spoke directly to the answer.
“How is it possible that you don’t at least acknowledge that Facebook has played a leading role in the recruitment, planning and execution of an attack on the Capitol?” Rep. Mike Doyle (D-PA) asked.
Pressed again, Zuckerberg passed the buck.
“I think the responsibility lies with those who took action to break the law and revolt,” he said. “The other thing is that the people who spread that material, along with others including the President, made repeated statements over time that the election was rigged and encouraged people to organize Tha, I think those people also bear the primary responsibility. “
Doyle was not doing it, arguing that Facebook makes “dangerous” rhetoric, which spread like wildfire on the stage before the January 6 attack. As Doyle pointed out, A. The FBI showed that the rebels used Facebook during the “recruitment, planning and execution” phases of the attack.
Rape Jan Shakowski (D-IL) exclusively brought out the Sandberg interview,
“My question to you is, would you accept today that Facebook groups specifically played a role in ending the insurgency that we witnessed, and which led to the Capitol Siege?” Shahakowski asked.
“The comment that Sheryl made, what I believe we were trying to say and what I stood behind was widely reported at the time …” Zuckerberg began, before Shakowski Asked him to get to the point.
“There was definitely material on our services,” Zuckerberg said vaguely. “And from that point of view, I think we need to work further to make our services and moderation more effective.”
Beyond the fact that the Stop the Steel movement spread heavily in Facebook groups, rebel leaders relied on Facebook to communicate and hunt for lawmakers on the day of the attack.
According to the FBI affidavit, militia members conspiring to capture or kill Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer last year also should not come as a surprise to the company.