Mark Zuckerberg has responded to the whistleblower’s claims. It’s best if you read this use the voice of Mr Spock from Star Trek: “The argument that we deliberately push content that makes people angry for profit is deeply illogical. We make money from ads, and advertisers consistently tell us they don’t want their ads next to harmful or angry content.” He also claimed that a “false picture” of the company has been manufactured and that, “at the heart of these accusations is this idea that we prioritise profit over safety and wellbeing. That’s just not true.” (So he’s saying that the whistleblower is using her public platform to spread fake news???) Bottom line, we have a he said, she said situation going on. It would be nice if some other Facebook employees would step forward and settle the debate.

+ While we’d like this to be a simple issue, it’s pretty nuanced. For one thing, most tech companies (not just FB) error on the side of engagement and share prices. And some of the data might be less clear than we think. NPR: Facebook’s own data is not as conclusive as you think about teens and mental health. (My teens don’t even know what Facebook is…)