"Trump should not be our president," says ex-Facebook CPO Chris Cox


Chris Cox is motivating The speeches were the focus of the new employee orientation of Facebook. But after 14 years on the social network, the chief product officer left in March under an executive shake-up and Facebooks New plan to prioritize data protection by encrypting its messaging apps. Details of his next projects were not disclosed.

Now, the 37-year-old chairman will use his inspirational demeanor and keen sense of strategy to protect the environment and improve the government. Today at Wired25 Finally, at the conference, Cox talked more about his work as adviser to the developer of political technologies for progressive acronyms and the satellite startup Planet Labs on climate change. He also explained more about the circumstances of leaving the C-Suite of the social network.

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 8: Chris Cox speaks on stage at the WIRED25 Summit 2019 – Day 1 at the Commonwealth Club on November 8, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Phillip Faraone / Getty Images for WIRED)

Leave Facebook

When he left Facebook, Cox said, "part from the reason I was okay leaving was The to 2016 I would consumed one Pair years building out one bunch from the men The I felt were most important to sort by from to take the classes The we learned by something from 2016 and Beginning to put in the place institutions The can Help the Companies, Be More responsible and Be one better communicator on something from the key Problems. "

Cox said, "I did not feel like I wanted to spend 13 more years on social media, and Mark and I saw things differently. I think we are still investigate as one Industry, As do she balance protect the privacy from People information and continuing to to keep People sure, "said Cox.

Regarding the question of whether the switch to encryption was part of it, he said that encryption was "great" and "provides tremendous protection," but noted, "iSome of these things will certainly get more complicated when it comes to the balance between privacy and security. He added Facebook's efforts to develop methods to catch bad actors, even though they are protected by encryption. These include initiatives to promote digital literacy in Brazil and India before the elections, as well as guidance systems for the transmission of questionable information to experts. "I think these systems have pros and cons, and I'm not a hardliner with them," Cox said, noting that what Facebook creates is "in tune with people's wishes."

Cox was asked after the big debate whether Facebook should allow political advertising. "We believe that political advertising can be good and helpful. It is often a preference and comes in comparison to the established companies. Nevertheless, he said in reviewing the facts, "I'm a big fan," even though Facebook does not use this on political ads, he has noticed that "I think the Companies should investigate and is investigate Micro Targeting. , , if there is hundreds from variants Be run from the creative then it is tricky to to get Your weapons around What is Be said. He also pleaded for more context in the UI that characterizes political ads.

Chris Cox speaks at Wired25

Next projects of Cox

Since leaving Cox, Cox is a member of the advisory board of a group called acronymThis helps build the campaign and messaging technology stack for advanced candidates. "These is one Area Where my Perception, imagination is The the progressive to have been Behind on the ability to develop and use as one team infrastructure The help she to have one Good voter File, how to develop Messaging just basic politics in the 2019. "

Wired's Lauren Goode asked if he wanted to band together with progressives and take a political stance and if he could do that on Facebook. "Absolutely not, "Cox answered. "And Why is The I think when you are in the one very Senior role at the one Platform, You have a duty to be much more neutral in your policy. "

He then came out with a bold statement made possible by his independence. "I think Trump should not be our president. The other thing I care about right now is climate change and it will not help us there. "

As a result, Cox argued that he was also working to advise the startup in San Francisco Planet Labsusing satellite imagery to track climate change. "The vision was to to build these small, about shoeBox-size satellite With solar panel panel wing and to have one fleet from she in the Space, Which is real-Time imaging the Earth."

With this data, Cox explained, you can track forest fires, deforestation, coal-fired power plants, methane gas and more. Then, "she can Beginning to contribute to to have one health System, Where she are Basically imaging the earth everyone Hour, and then you are Create something Publicity dates to adjust With Tools The plug in decision makers, banks, insurance Companies, Politicians, investors, journalists, students … "

When asked about Big Tech's responsibility for climate change, Cox said:I think at the the very at least it is manufacturing one engagement to Be Carbon negativ. "

The work of Acronym and Planet Labs is closely linked, as Cox believes climate data proves the need for a new Oval Office employee. While Cox was not discussing it on stage, Wired listed him as part of the Shasta Group, which is Cox's own vehicle to contribute to these projects. However, he is not yet ready to found a fully fledged company in politics and climate. "I am still in order to young at the these field The I Not to have enough trust in the my have mentally model from the World."

Cox came to the conclusion that through the use of the employees of the big company and the greater attention paid to climate change by the team leaderI do think technology can to lead."

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