The following is an excerpt from a Facebook post by David P. Greisman, former chief medical officer of the United States National Institutes of Health, who was appointed to lead the new Office of Psychological Trauma.
“The idea that we should create a Facebook page dedicated to a disease that is caused by a chemical compound, or a virus, or any other disease, that affects the human body, or even the human mind is irresponsible,” he said.
“We should not allow this to happen to our kids, to our friends, or to ourselves. “
We have to be vigilant and be ready to protect our families and ourselves.”
“We should not allow this to happen to our kids, to our friends, or to ourselves.
We must be prepared to have to use Facebook for days or even weeks, if not months, just to keep in touch with each other.”
In a statement on Wednesday, Facebook said it was “deeply troubled” by Greisman’s comments.
“While we know that there are many people who are struggling with depression, it is critical that we do not create a new generation of Facebook users who are susceptible to a mental illness or a viral infection,” the company said.
Greisman said Facebook was “undergoing a major review” and that the social media giant was “working with federal and state agencies to ensure that it is safe for users to create, post, and share content that is related to mental health.”
Facebook said it will also create a separate page for “mental health,” which is “not a disease,” but instead, a “mental illness.”
“We have no plans to make any changes to this page.
The site is set up so that people can share content about their mental health, and we have made the site safe for people to do so,” the statement said.
“Facebook is also working to develop and implement new measures to ensure safety and privacy in all of our user interactions, and to improve our policies for ensuring that people do not share information about themselves with others.”
Greisson’s comments come as the social network continues to deal with mounting scrutiny from the public and lawmakers over the role that Facebook has played in helping to spread misinformation about mental illness and other issues, particularly concerning the social networking site’s decision to censor posts that included images of the Confederate flag.