In a call with about 200 advertisers on Tuesday, Facebook’s head of trust and security, Neil Potts, made the comment after being asked why companies should risk “the reputation of our brands by staying on their platform.” , according to a person familiar with the matter.
“There is a confidence deficit,” Potts acknowledged in the call, convened by the Interactive Advertising Bureau of Canada. “You try to make a decision and people disagree and maybe that creates an even deeper deficit.”
When asked for comment on the call, Facebook spokesman Andy Stone told CNN Business: “It is normal for us to have conversations with advertisers and discuss issues, including policy issues. This is something we routinely do and we will keep doing. “
The conference call and Potts’ comments about it are perhaps the clearest sign yet that Facebook’s leadership is now dealing with a growing campaign of pressure from advertisers.
In recent weeks, Facebook has faced rejection from employees and politicians for its inaction in Trump’s posts, but the growing boycott of advertisers could pose a unique threat to its core business. The vast majority of Facebook’s approximately $ 70 billion in annual revenue comes from advertising.
Still, Potts told the group on the call that Facebook is working to close the confidence gap. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg promised to review the company’s policies on content related to the use of force by the state, as well as voter suppression.