The whistleblower, a former employee whose identity has not been publicly disclosed, is expected to air the new allegations in an interview on Sunday.60 minutes,” according to the memo, which was obtained by The Times.
Employees have complained in the past that Facebook was aware of the damage being done in multiple areas.
But the former staff member is now expected to accuse the company of easing its security measures for the 2020 election soon after the presidential election, allowing access to the platform. Help fuel the Capitol’s Hurricane, reported the Times. Facebook managers reportedly believe former employees will also accuse the company of contributing political polarization of the country.
The 1,500-word memo, written by Facebook’s vice president of policy and global affairs, Nick Clegg, was sent Friday to employees in an effort to “pre-empt the whistleblower interview,” the Times reported.
“Social media has had a huge impact on society in recent years, and Facebook is often the place where much of this debate takes place,” he wrote. “But the evidence that is there does not support the idea that Facebook, or social media more generally, is the primary cause of polarization,” he said.
Clegg noted that “the increase in political polarization in America pre-dates social media by several decades.”
He also denied that changes to the Facebook Newsfeed ranking algorithm increased “polarizing content” and said that hate speech on the platform had decreased significantly. Clegg listed a number of measures taken to crack down on false and inflammatory content.
“We have been more aggressive than any other Internet company in combating harmful content, including content that seeks to make elections illegal,” he wrote. But Clegg warned: “This work will never be done. There will always be new threats and new problems to address.”
Whistleblower shares thousands of pages of Facebook documents with lawmakers and The Wall Street Journal A series of stories called “The Facebook Files”. The documents reportedly revealed that Facebook knew how its apps and services could harm, for example, teenage Instagram users by exacerbating body image issues.
The Times reports that Clegg and the “strategic response” teams at Facebook have called several emergency meetings to minimize some of the fallout.