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Facebook: growth whatever the price?

Business: Andrew "Boz" Bosworth, a leader of Facebook in 2016 approached "the horrible truth" of the social network's willingness to connect people. At the time of the scandal Cambridge Analytica, Boz is justified by the search for the provocation.






Andrew "Boz" Bosworth, a senior Facebook executive, is known for his outspokenness. This week, old Bosworth statements came back to haunt him.

The head of the hardware business of Facebook is under fire for an internal memo written in 2016. It seems to defend a quest for growth at any cost, including whether it means allowing harassment or violence.

The sad truth? Users at all costs
"So we connect more people," he wrote in a memo titled "The Ugly" and quoted by BuzzFeed. "It can be bad if it makes it negative, maybe it costs a life to expose someone to the stalkers, maybe a person will die in a coordinated terrorist attack with our tools."

"And we always connect people," he continued. "The sad truth is that we believe so deeply in the need to connect people that anything that allows us to connect more people more often is de facto good."

Bosworth, Mark Zuckerberg's loyal lieutenant, has become one of Facebook's most prominent leaders since his arrival in 2006. He previously ran Facebook's advertising activities and now drives virtual and augmented reality projects.

When advertising rates for Trump and Clinton campaigns were called into question last month, Boz tweeted internal price data. Boz was also the first to tweet earlier this month to announce that Facebook had decided to ban Cambridge Analytica, which is responsible for the misuse of data by 50 million users.

Being provocative to solve problems
In a series of tweets, Boz acknowledged the authenticity of the memo, claiming it was intended to spark debate within the social network.

"The purpose of this [memo], like many others I wrote internally, was to bring up issues that deserved more discussion with the entire company," he explains on Twitter.

In a later tweet, he adds, "It was meant to be provocative, it was one of the most unpopular things I ever wrote internally and the ensuing debate helped shape our tools for the better. "

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