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CNET asks: Are you excited about Google's shiny new devices?

Google’s event has come and gone. The search giant the took the audience by storm and showcased a substantial array of new products. It unwrapped its new Pixel 2 and 2 XL[1] smartphones, as well as the Pixelbook[2] laptop, Pixel Buds[3] earphones, an u…

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Zuckerberg asks forgiveness for division caused by Facebook

On Saturday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg sought forgiveness online for the way his social network was used to “divide people.”


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To everyone that’s been unhappy with Facebook[1], its CEO is saying sorry.

Mark Zuckerberg[2] wrote an apology on Saturday, seeking forgiveness and repenting for the ways Facebook was “used to divide people rather than bring us together.” The Facebook post was published on Yom Kippur, the holiest day on the Jewish calendar.

While he didn’t specify which problems he was referring to in the post, Reuters[3] and The Washington Post[4] have speculated that Zuckerberg was talking about last year’s US presidential elections, when Facebook was allegedly used to help sway votes in President Donald Trump[5]‘s favour.

“For those I hurt this year, I ask forgiveness and I will try to be better,” Mark Zuckerberg wrote in the post. “For the ways my work was used to divide people rather than bring us together, I ask forgiveness and I will work to do better.”

Tonight concludes Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year for Jews when we reflect on the past year and ask forgiveness…

Posted by Mark Zuckerberg on Saturday, September 30, 2017[6][7]

The social media behemoth has been working to atone for its alleged sins, however, helping investigators[8] to find out more about the role it might have played in the 2016 election. Last month Facebook said it would hand over 3,000 ads[9] with Russian ties to the Congress to aid in investigations, and those ads will be handed over on Monday[10]. The announcement comes after it was revealed that $100,000 worth of ads were sold[11] to bogus accounts with possible Russian ties during the election.

Zuckerberg defended Facebook last week[12] after Trump accused it of being “anti-Trump.” He also apologized for his “dismissive” response to the notion that Facebook had the power to influence the outcome, which he’d previously said was a “pretty crazy idea.”


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  1. ^ Facebook (www.cnet.com)
  2. ^ Mark Zuckerberg (www.cnet.com)
  3. ^ Reuters (www.reuters.com)
  4. ^ The Washington Post (www.washingtonpost.com)
  5. ^ Donald Trump (www.cnet.com)
  6. ^ Mark Zuckerberg (www.facebook.com)
  7. ^ Saturday, September 30, 2017 (www.facebook.com)
  8. ^ helping investigators (www.cnet.com)
  9. ^ hand over 3,000 ads (www.cnet.com)
  10. ^ on Monday (uk.reuters.com)
  11. ^ $100,000 worth of ads were sold (www.cnet.com)
  12. ^ defended Facebook last week (www.cnet.com)
  13. ^ It’s Complicated (www.cnet.com)
  14. ^ Tech Enabled (www.cnet.com)
  15. ^ Tags (www.cnet.com)
  16. ^ Internet (www.cnet.com)
  17. ^ Mark Zuckerberg (www.cnet.com)
  18. ^ Facebook (www.cnet.com)
       
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