As the largest social media platform in the world, Facebook is under constant pressure to improve its content moderation methods. The company is frequently criticized for not doing enough to find and remove spam, offensive content, malware and more. And this week, some of the social media giant’s top executives stepped forward to tell users it will be impossible to ever get right.
It’s true that with a company the size of Facebook, it’s a tall order to catch every piece of content that violates its standards. Still, it’d be nice if the company set its sights higher instead of just admitting defeat.
“It’s going to be impossible to probably get it perfect,” Facebook vice president of global operations John DeVine said in an exclusive interview with Yahoo Finance. “But we know every day we’re making progress against problems, against the adversarial behavior, and so we feel really good.”
“There’s always going to be continued challenges,” vice president of integrity Guy Rosen said. “And it is our responsibility to make sure that we are ahead of them and that we are anticipating what are the next kind of challenges that bad actors are going to try to spring on us.
The problem is that Facebook is one of the richest and most technologically powerful companies in the world, and it can accomplish virtually any problem it devotes its resources to solving. So when the company says something is “impossible,” it doesn’t quite ring true.
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