Roger McNamee, an early Facebook investor and former mentor to CEO Mark Zuckerberg, has spent a week attacking his former protege and his company for damaging users and for spreading false news.
McNamee has articles written for The Washington Monthly, The Washington Post and The Guardian over the past week, accusing Facebook of ignoring the "bad actors" that manipulate its platform.
McNamee said Zuckerberg should appear before Congress to justify Facebook's "rejection of responsibility" by harming users.
He wrote in The Washington Monthly that it marked misinformation about the US presidential election on Facebook in early 2017, and that the company did not take his concerns seriously.
"The platform was being exploited by a range of bad actors, including supporters of extremism, but management claimed that the company was not responsible," he wrote. "Facebook users, I warned, did not always agree, the brand ran the risk of becoming toxic."
In The Washington Post, McNamee argued that Facebook was "tailored to the abuse of bad actors" and that users should expect more false news and manipulation of elections.
He wrote: "The same tools that make Facebook so addictive for users and so effective for advertisers are dangerous in the hands of bad actors.
" And thanks to automation, Facebook can not currently prevent damage . It will happen again and again until Facebook takes aggressive measures. The problem can not be solved by hiring contractors to review problematic publications. The company needs to change the priorities of its algorithms and reorganize its business model. "
Facebook has been criticized for working as a platform for the alleged Russian interference in the US elections. Evidence has shown that accounts linked to Russia tried to exploit racial divisions in the US and used Facebook's targeted advertising tool, as well as on-site events to reach voters.
Zuckerberg said in a live video on September 21 "I am deeply concerned about the democratic process and protect its integrity. I do not want anyone to use our tools to undermine democracy. "
And Facebook recently announced that it would modify its news feed algorithm to prioritize friend posts rather than content from companies and media companies." We feel the responsibility to make sure that our services are not only fun to use, but also good for the well-being of people, "Zuckerberg said in the announcement of the change.
According to McNamee's version of events, he received a call Facebook's then head of privacy officer Chris Ziegler in 2006. Ziegler hoped that McNamee, as an experienced investor and disinterested party, could advise a young Mark Zuckerberg on whether to sell Facebook or not.McNamee met with Zuckerberg and advised him not to Sell the company, convinced that Mark had created a game-changing platform that would eventually be bigger than Google was at the time, "McNamee wrote.
What followed, he said, "was the most painful silence of my professional career."  659009] As it happened, Yahoo had just offered $ 1 billion (then around £ 509 million) for Facebook. Although everyone advised otherwise, Zuckerberg took the advice of McNamee and rejected the offer. McNamee went on to mentor Zuckerberg and invest in Facebook through Elevation Partners, the investment company he co-founded with U2 leader Bono.