In a memo obtained by The New York Times and that was made public today, a Facebook executive has claimed that the social network was responsible in the election of Donald Trump in 2016. Until ah, nothing new, the truth: except which then warns employees that they should not use the power of the company to stop the reelection of the tycoon this 2020.
Using a passage from “The Lord of the Rings,” a senior Facebook executive has claimed that the social network helped the election of Donald Trump in 2016, and that it should not stop his reelection in 2020.
The information also collected by The Verge Andrew Bosworth, one of the company's most prominent voices, shared some "thoughts for 2020" with its employees. The note goes through years of social network scandals, going through Russian interference to Cambridge Analytica. He claims that some of the “details” that were publicly disclosed have been erroneous, and he questions that Russian interference will affect the decision of the voters. He also calls the Cambridge Analytica scandal a "non-event," and adds that "there is almost always some critical problem" underlying some reports he considers fair.
The memorandum points to the 2016 presidential elections as a turning point in the public perception of Facebook, admitting that the social network was responsible for the surprise victory of the current president. Bosworth claims not to be "a Trump fan", but attributes the entrepreneur's victory to the digital strategy of his campaign.
"So, was Facebook responsible for Donald Trump being elected?" Asks Bosworth in his memo: I think the answer is yes, but not for the reasons some think. He was not chosen because of Russia, nor the erroneous information nor by Cambridge Analytica. He was chosen because he knew how to lead the best digital advertising campaign ever seen. ”
Bosworth later says that the company should not use its enormous digital power to block Trump's reelection in 2020, comparing this idea with The Lord of the Rings, where the characters consider the idea of using the power of the ring for fair purposes. "As tempting as it is to use the tools available to change the outcome … I am sure we should never do that, or we will become what we fear," he writes.