On June 18, 2016, one of the right hand of CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Facebook published a special memo with all employees of the company. The memo was written by Vice President Andrew “Boz” Bosworth, for the price paid for the continued development of this social network.
The memo is titled “The Ugly,” in which Bosworth says:
“We connect people. That can be good if people share positive things. Someone can find love. Even a person can be saved from the thought of suicide. So, we connect more people.
But that could also be bad, if people share negative things. Maybe someone will be bullied. Maybe someone will die in a terrorist attack, coordinated
and planned through our toolkit. And we still connect people. ”
This memo has not been shared outside the company’s scope, but has recently been disclosed by BuzzFeed. It shows us the dark truths inside Facebook, the thoughts of the senior leaders at the company. And it really scared people.
“The Ugly” reveals the dark side of Facebook, where senior executives of the company understand the risks of this social networking tool. Even when Facebook underestimates those risks in public. One of Facebook’s top executives, however, has insisted his employees are in no position to help the company grow. Talking about “what we do” and “what we believe,” Facebook believes that the mission of connecting people is important and anything that helps achieve that goal is needed. It allows some people to do the right thing and some people use it to harm others.
“The ugly truth is that we believe that connecting people is a deep mission, and anything that allows us to connect more and more often is right. That’s not what we do to grow our company, or raise our stock price. What we do is connect people. The natural state of the world has no connection. It is not uniform. It is divided by borders, language, culture and many other things. The best product is not the winner, the product used by all users is the winner, “the memo said.
Facebook executives are fully aware of the downside of this social networking site, as it is being used for malicious purposes and spreading negative information. It’s different from what CEO Mark Zuckerberg has admitted, that the difficulty of developing Facebook is unpredictable and that every day tasks are best solved by new hardships.
However, despite the negative, the purpose of Facebook is to do everything possible to connect as many users as possible. Ending the memorandum “The Ugly,” Vice President Bosworth admitted:
“In most jobs, we have to answer tough questions about what we believe. We have to advocate with indicators and make sure they do not fall down during the growing process. But our mission is to connect people, that’s all we need to do here. “