Facebook’s content management team has “too much power” over its user base, according to former executives.
In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, former VP of content management, and current VP of product, Mike Lidar, said that content managers are understaffed and are tasked with managing content that Facebook does not want to see.
Facebook recently announced it would begin censoring posts containing violent imagery in an effort to curb a rising problem of terrorism on its platform.
Lidars words echo a similar concern voiced by Facebook’s VP of Product and Head of Product, Mark Zuckerberg.
Lidar said that he believes that content management teams have a “lot of power” because they are “trying to find ways to make it easy to share content, but also to keep people from posting stuff that might be offensive.”
“They are also trying to find a way to make content easier to manage, and they don’t have a ton of control,” Lidarys comments read.
“And that’s kind of a problem, because that’s what we have in the world.
I think there is a lot of room for a lot more power.
We are not the only ones who have it, but we do have a lot, and we don’t really have much control over it.”
The Wall Street Review reports that Facebook recently introduced a new platform called Pages, which will allow users to see their own posts from other Pages and post directly to their Page.
This new feature is a departure from the way Facebook has been handling content since the company’s acquisition of WhatsApp.
Before that, the platform allowed users to post content directly to a Page that they created.
Facebook announced the new feature on its public blog earlier this year, saying that “Facebook will become more like WhatsApp in the future.”
But Lidarian said that the new platform will have no direct effect on how people post content, and that it will allow the platform to “see what people are seeing and share that with them.”
“We have no idea how many people are going to be on the platform, but it is a new way of doing things and hopefully it’s going to make us a lot better at handling this kind of content,” Lids comments read, according.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told investors earlier this month that the platform will continue to improve and grow over the next few years.
“The platform will get better and better over time,” Zuckerberg said, “because it’s a natural evolution of how we manage content, which is that it’s not always the easiest thing to manage.”
“It’s really not a simple thing to add a caption, or add a picture, or change a setting, or put a video or a slideshow, and so we’re learning how to do all that, and make it really easy for people to use the platform and get to more of what they want.”
Lidary, a former executive in the Facebook software development team, told the Wall St. Journal that he was disappointed that Facebook was not more aggressive in fighting terrorism on the social network.
“It doesn’t help that people are still posting this stuff, and I think it’s just a matter of time,” he said.
“I think that the company has got too much power in the way that they manage content and that’s why we have this issue, and it’s really hard to change it.”