The ugly truth is that we believe in connecting people so deeply that anything that allows us to connect more people more often is *de facto* good.
A newly leaked internal memo, written by top Facebook executive Andrew "Boz" Bosworth' in June 2016, gives a candid look into how far the tech giant was willing to go in order to become the world's most popular social media platform. Zuckerberg says app developers can now access the web of connections between users and their friends, a set of connections Facebook calls the "social graph".
"Facebook said in a blog post it had been working on the updates for some time but sped things up to appease users' anger over how the company uses data and as lawmakers around the globe call for regulation".
In the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, many people and organisations have rushed to delete their profiles - including Playboy, Tesla and Space X.
He continued: "That can be bad if they make it negative".
"Maybe it costs a life by exposing someone to bullies", the memo read.
Bosworth said, "Maybe someone dies in a terrorist attack co-ordinated on our tools".
But Bosworth seemed to show little remorse for the unintended consequences of Facebook's controversial data collection techniques, which he says is all for the goal of "connecting people". We recognize that connecting people isn't enough by itself. And to continue growing so it can "connect more people more often".
'We've never believed the ends justify the means, ' Zuckerberg said in a statement to BuzzFeed.
The website Ars Technica reported that users who checked data gathered by Facebook on them found that it had years of contact names, telephone numbers, call lengths and text messages. He argued that the intent of the memo was to "bring to the surface issues I felt deserved more discussion".
"We also need to work to bring people closer together".
"I don't agree with the post today and I didn't agree with it even when I wrote it", he said on Twitter.
Zuckerburg was quoted saying, "Boz is a talented leader who says many provocative things".
"The objective of this post, like many others I have written internally, was to bring to the surface issues I felt deserved more discussion with the broader company".
It's also worth noting that while the poll was conducted after the data leak had been in the headlines for a few days, it was before Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg embarked on a media blitz aimed at mending the company's reputation.
"In nearly all of our work, we have to answer hard questions about what we believe".
In short, Cambridge Analytica, a political consulting firm, is accused of gathering 50 million Facebook users' data by misrepresenting what it would be used for and using the data without consent. Christopher Wylie, a former Cambridge Analytica employee who blew the whistle on his former employer, told a British parliamentary panel he "absolutely" believed that the Brexit campaign also mined Facebook data and used it to successfully win the 2016 referendum for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union. Maybe someone finds love. "Maybe it even saves the life of someone on the brink of suicide", Bosworth wrote.
Facebook also announced to pause its app review process to implement new changes.
According to The Verge, Bosworth said, "If we have to live in fear that even our bad ideas will be exposed then we won't explore them or understand them as such".