[Ed. – True confessions]
In a memo obtained by The New York Times and publicly posted, a Facebook executive says the company’s platform was responsible for electing Donald Trump president in 2016, but he warned employees against using the company’s power to stop Trump’s reelection in 2020.
In the memo, Andrew Bosworth, one of the most prominent voices at the company, shared some “thoughts for 2020” with employees. Bosworth’s memo runs through years of the social network’s high-profile scandals. … While he claims some of the “details” that were publicly reported have been wrong … he admits that “there is almost always some critical issue” underlying the reporting that he believes is fair.
The memo points to the 2016 presidential election as a turning point in the public perception of Facebook. … Bosworth says he is “no fan of Trump,” but he credits the Trump campaign’s digital strategy with the victory.