Big Tech bolts politics – By Sara Fischer (Axios) / January 28 2021
Big Tech fed politics. Then it bled politics. Now it wants to be dead to politics.
Why it matters: The social platforms that profited massively on politics and free speech suddenly want a way out — or at least a way to hide until the heat cools.
Driving the news: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday said the company will stop providing recommendations for users to join civic and political groups on a long-term basis.
- Facebook also plans to take steps to reduce the amount of political content in the News Feed, Zuckerberg said, although he didn’t provide details about how it plans to do so.
- “There has been a trend across society that a lot of things have become politicized and politics have had a way of creeping into everything. A lot of the feedback we see from our community is that people don’t want that in their experience,” he said.