On the special occasion which is also considered as the holiest day throughout the year for Jewish people the end of Yom Kippur, Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg took his social media and posted a brief apology post on Saturday night.
In his apology post, he wrote: “Tonight concludes Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year for Jews when we reflect on the past year and ask forgiveness for our mistakes. For those I hurt this year, I ask forgiveness and I will try to be better.”
“For the ways my work was used to divide people rather than bring us together, I ask for forgiveness and I will work to do better.”
At the end of his post, he wrote: “May we all be better in the year ahead, and may you all be inscribed in the book of life.”
However, Zuckerberg did not say anything specific in his Facebook apology post, but as per the allegations, Russians have used the Facebook to influence the voters’ sentiment about a decade ago for the U.S. presidential election in Trump’s favor.
Facebook first refused to share the ads’ copies by saying that it would compromise the privacy of the user but on September 21, he announced the reversal of his decision. Zuckerberg said on a Facebook Live, “I care deeply about the democratic process and protecting its integrity.” He said, “Facebook’s mission is all about giving people a voice and bringing people closer together. Those are deeply democratic values, and we’re proud of them. I don’t want anyone to use our tools to undermine democracy. That’s not what we stand for.”
During a tech conference last November, Zuckerberg said, “Personally I think the idea that fake news on Facebook, which is a very small amount of content, influenced the election in any way — I think that is a pretty crazy idea.” He said, “Voters make decisions based on their lived experience.”