In the face of those calling him to resign, Facebook CEO and chairman Mark Zuckerberg has made it clear that he will not back down. He claims that Facebook is still a beacon for the greater good, despite mounting criticisms against the social media platform. Allegations range Russian interference with the 2016 election to huge privacy breaches.
During an interview with CNN Business, Zuckerberg was asked if he planned to leave his position at Facebook. “That’s not the plan,” he stated irritably. “I’m not going to be doing this forever, but currently I’m not thinking that makes sense.”
Facebook’s troubles first occurred when it was revealed that agents affiliated with Russia used the social media service to obstruct the presidential election in 2016. Russian agents were able to manipulate Facebook to disperse false information and propaganda. Zuckerberg and Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg allegedly knew about the Russian agent’s meddling with the 2016 election before the general public did, but chose to ignore it. Zuckerberg did not support these claims.
Additionally, Facebook surprised its users when it was exposed for selling the confidential information of tens of millions of profiles last year. In its race for growth, Facebook sold personal data including photos, messages, and likes to a governmental statistics firm connected to President Trump, according to a New York Times report.
As a result, Facebook’s stock price has fallen dramatically and its user base has decreased in North America and Europe. However, it still remains a social media giant with 1.5 billion users daily.