Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg called the outstanding call to public livestream the company's weekly Q&A session with employees Thursday after audio recordings from similar meetings in July were leaked and published earlier this week.
Around 30,000 users set as Zuckerberg referred to this "quite disappointing" leak in its opening remarks . In the recordings published by the Verge he outlines Facebook's intention to fight antitrust regulators and presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren if she were to win and fulfill her promise to break up large technology companies, feelings Zuckerberg confirmed that the company stands by Thursday.
"Maybe I said it in a little more unfiltered way than I would have done remotely, but fundamentally … we think everything we said was there," he said.
So, of course, one of the first questions employees had about how Facebook would remain impartial to the candidate through the upcoming 2020 election given Zuckerberg's previous comments, which Facebook CEO asked: "Let's try not to discourage her further. "
In all seriousness, he added to his comments on specific policy proposals, not her candidacy or the upcoming election as a whole, as the company maintains its commitment to transparency and neutrality on its platform. "Even when people disagree with what I think is going to happen in the world, I still want to give them a voice," Zuckerberg said.
Unfortunately, Facebook's decision to livestream Q&A turned out to be far more remarkable than the meeting itself, which covered the typical self-congratulatory fanfare you would expect at any company's internal get-together. A little surprise came when Facebook CEO, a multimillionaire himself, was asked to comment on Senator Bernie Sanders & # 39; recent two that "Billionaires should not exist", a question that earned a round of applause of the room. Although Zuckerberg did not outline any potential policies or solutions, he sympathized with the senator.
"I understand where he comes from. I don't know that I have an exact threshold for how much money someone should have, but at some level no one deserves to have that much money. "
Zuckerberg touched on, among other things, the launch of Instagram's presumably teen-targeted Threads app how Facebook Dating has performed so far -" pretty good ", though he wouldn't go into specific statistics – and how In the company's ongoing fight against misinformation online, prioritizing obviously hoaxes from going viral is a priority.
He also commented on a order by the European Court earlier on Thursday, calling it an "uneasy precedent to set." As part of this decision, the European Union could order Facebook to delete content globally if it is excluded illegally in Europe
“This will be something that I imagine we and other services will prosecute and basically Try to get clarity on what this means over a long period of time, "Zuckerberg said Thursday.
As to whether the company will continue to broadcast these meetings, Zuckerberg made no promises. Instead, he described life's livestream as kind of test, adding: "At this point, I'm doing such a bad job in interviews that what do we have to lose?"