Internal documents published by The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) recently revealed that Facebook has allowed VIPs Break the rules And how it was aware of Instagram Affected Mental health of adolescents. Now, the whistleblower who revealed this information has revealed himself as Frances Hausen in an interview. 60 minutes, The New York Times Reported.
“I saw a bunch of social networks and it was worse than what I saw on Facebook,” Hausen said. Now. “Facebook has repeatedly shown that it chooses profit over security.”
Hausen joined Facebook in 201, working on democracy and misinformation, while conducting protests. Personal website And Twitter account He and his team set up. He worked as a Facebook product manager and left the company in May.
He first brought “thousands” of Facebook internal documents to John Tie, founder of Whistle Blower Aid, asking for legal protection and help with information disclosure. Trove included in-house company research, slide decks, cover letters, and more. He also filed a whistleblower complaint with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), accusing Facebook of taking internal action that did not match his public statement.
In the SEC complaint, Hausen compared Facebook’s internal research and documentation to public statements and disclosures made by CEO Mark Zuckerberg and other executives. In one instance, he said that Facebook misinformed the election and contributed to the January 6 U.S. Capital Uprising.
“Facebook has promoted its work to combat misinformation and violent extremism about the 2020 election and insurgency,” he wrote in a cover letter. “In reality, Facebook knew that its algorithms and platforms promote such harmful content, and it has failed to establish internally proposed or long-term remedies.”
He and his legal team contacted Senators Richard Blumenthal (D) and Marsha Blackburn (R) over contact with the SEC’s Whistleblower Office, which usually protects corporate tipsters. He has also spoken to lawmakers in France and Britain, including a member of the European Parliament.
Facebook, which is struggling to keep up with the late leak, backtracked even before the Min0 minute interview, calling the allegations “misleading.” VP for Policy and Global Affairs Nick Clegg says CNN That Facebook represents “good, bad and ugly of humanity” and it is trying to “alleviate the bad, reduce it and increase the good”. He added that blaming January on social media was “ridiculous”.
In a statement to the New York Times, Facebook spokeswoman Lena Pietes said, “Significant improvements continue to be made to address the spread of misinformation and harmful content. We recommend encouraging bad content and not doing anything wrong.”
In the end, Hausen wants to help fix Facebook, without looking down on it. “The way forward is about transparency and governance,” he said in the video. It’s not about breaking Facebook. On Tuesday, Dec. 5, Hausen is set to testify in Congress about the issue surrounding Facebook’s impact on young users.
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