Meta axes internal team responsible for asking ‘are we the baddies?’

As reported by the Wall Street Journal (opens in new tab), Meta has disbanded its internal “Responsible Innovation” team. The 20+ member group included employees of various specializations and backgrounds, including ethicists, and was tasked with investigating and responding to ethical concerns related to Meta’s products. One example cited by the WSJ was how it advised Facebook Dating to not include a race filter as part of its services.

The Responsible Innovation team seems to have been established in the wake of the 2016 US presidential election, and has been active for several years. In 2021, Facebook VP Margaret Gould Stewart articulated something of a mission statement for the team titled “Breadth & depth: Why I’m optimistic about Facebook’s Responsible Innovation efforts. (opens in new tab)

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