WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Facebook Inc executive said in an interview with CNN on Sunday that the company did not believe its social media service was a major contributor to the political polarization that has pervaded the United States .
The company’s vice president of policy and global affairs Nick Clegg spoke ahead of an expected Sunday night segment on CBS’s “60 Minutes” featuring a whistleblower who alleges the company acted too quickly to lift certain restrictions related to the elections that she had put in place around the November 2020 competition.
Clegg acknowledged that the company’s platform can serve as a vehicle for hate speech and disinformation.
“The way people exchange information (…) is now done online,” he said in the interview. “So, of course, as one of the biggest social media platforms, we have a responsibility to understand where we are contributing negative and extreme content, hate speech or disinformation etc.”
The whistleblower is expected to testify at a Senate hearing on Tuesday about what one of the senators announcing the meeting called the toxic effects of the social media company on young users.
(Reporting by Scott Malone and Jonathan Landay; Editing by Steve Orlofsky)