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The social media giant is firing back, following shocking testimony from whistleblower Frances Haugen, former Facebook product manager for science and transportation subcommittee on consumer protection, product safety and data security, on Tuesday.

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Facebook Director of Policy Communications Lena Pietsch reprimanded Haugen, noting that she “worked for the company for less than two years, with no direct reports, never a decision-point with C-level executives.” did not attend the meeting – and testified more than six times for not working. On the subject in question.”


Although Pietsch said Facebook does not agree with the features Haugen has created, the company agrees that it is time to create standard rules for the Internet.

“It’s been 25 years since the rules of the Internet were updated, and instead of expecting industry to make social decisions concerning legislators, it’s time for Congress to act,” Pitsch concluded.

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During his testimony, Haugen argued that Facebook’s products “harm children, perpetuate division, and undermine our democracy” and that the company’s leadership “won’t make the necessary changes because they put their celestial bodies in front of the public.” benefited.”

He said the documents leaked by him to the Wall Street Journal show how Facebook has “convinced the public about its own research into the safety of children, the efficacy of the artificial intelligence system, and its role in spreading divisive and extreme messages.” repeatedly misled.”

“I came forward because I believe that every human being deserves the dignity of truth,” she said. “As long as Facebook is operating in the shadows, hiding its research from public scrutiny, it is not accountable. Unless incentives change, Facebook will not change. Left alone, Facebook continues to make choices that go against the common good. Will keep.”

While at Facebook, Haugen said he observed a pattern of behavior in which Facebook’s inability to retain employees resulted in “an inherent frustration with having a better identification system”.

She said, “Facebook is stuck in a cycle where it struggles to get hired. This makes it difficult for it to understand projects, which leads to scandals, which makes it difficult to get hired. Is.” “I worked on the counter-espionage team, and at any given time, our team could only handle a third of the cases we knew about. We knew that even if we built a basic detector, we’d have more.” There will be cases.”

He also expressed concern that the way Facebook is currently operating poses a threat to national security.

“My team worked directly on tracking Chinese participation on the platform, surveying the Uighur population in locations around the world. You can actually find Chinese based on doing things like this,” Haugen explained. “We also saw that the government of Iran is spying on other state actors. So this is definitely a thing that is happening. And I believe that the Facebook of counter-espionage information operations and counter-terrorism teams The persistent shortage is a national security issue.”

While Haugen said he does not believe Facebook intentionally intends to promote “divisive, extreme, polarizing content”, he argued that they are “aware of the ill-effects of the choices they have made around the amplification” and are aware Algorithmic-based ranking keeps users on their site longer, and as a result, earns them more money.

She also emphasized that even though Facebook has “no unilateral responsibility” and the company’s decisions are based heavily on metrics, the buck stops with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and that “no one is currently holding them accountable.” does not hold.”

Going forward, Haugen called on lawmakers to reform Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which protects tech companies from liability for what their users post, and protect Facebook’s algorithms and engagement-based rankings from its gives a discount.

“Companies have 100% control over their algorithms, and Facebook should not get a free pass on options to prioritize development and virginity and responsiveness over public safety,” she said.

He also recommended that Congress seek Facebook’s research concerning the “addictiveness” of its product and what the company knows about parents’ lack of knowledge of their platforms. In addition, he called on more whistleblowers to step forward and ensure that the public has the information they need to ensure that technologies like Facebook are human-centered rather than computer-centric.

While some lawmakers have called for Big Tech to be disbanded, Haugen argued that such a move would not fix Facebook’s fundamental problems.

“If you separate Facebook and Instagram, it is likely that most of the advertising dollars will go to Instagram and Facebook or it will remain the Frankenstein that is endangering lives around the world, only to no longer have the money to fund it. Haugen said. “That’s why I think it’s going to be important to have oversight and regulatory oversight with Congress and find solutions, because these systems will continue to exist and be dangerous even if they break down.”

For now, lawmakers have called for Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to testify and suggest that further hearings related to Haugen’s testimony may be scheduled in the future.