Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen has testified before a Senate hearing, urging the government to regulate the social media company.
In a rare moment of unity rarely seen in Congress, Ms. Hogen took intense questions from lawmakers on both sides about the impact of social media on children, concerns about national security and her specific recommendations for reforms in the sector. responded to.
This testimony adds to Ms. Haugen’s interview with CBS 60 minutes On Sunday, it said the social network repeatedly prioritized “growth over security” and “is tearing our societies apart”.
Facebook stock fell on Monday after Ms Hogen was interviewed and its companies experienced an extended service outage.
It was the worst session performance for the company in nearly a year, with the share price falling 4.9 per cent – the worst drop since the five per cent fall recorded on 9 November 2020.
According to her written testimony, which is to be heard by the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Tuesday, Ms Haugen will compare the social media giant’s practices to those of the tobacco and motoring industries.
“When we realized that tobacco companies were hiding the damage caused, the government acted. When we thought cars with seatbelts were safe, the government took action,” Ms Haugen said in her written testimony. “I beg you to do the same here.”
Earlier this year, Ms. Hogen left Facebook, where she worked as a member of its misinformation team. Before leaving his role, he copied a series of internal memos and documents that have been shared wall street journal in the last three weeks.
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Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen is set to testify ahead of a Senate hearing today. According to her written testimony, she will urge the government to regulate the social media company – which she claims is “ripping our society apart”.
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What caused Monday’s six-hour outage?
Facebook has revealed an official blog post On Monday evening, its platforms including Instagram, Messenger, WhatsApp and OculusVR were blocked for six hours due to configuration changes to its routers.
The company said these changes disrupted network traffic between the company’s data centers. However, it said there is no evidence yet that user data was compromised as a result of this downtime.
Vishwam Sankaran reports.
Facebook reveals what caused WhatsApp and Instagram services to be disrupted for six hours
Router configuration changes affected tools and system workers used in day-to-day operations
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Data scientist Frances Haugen, 37, a former Facebook product manager, along with her civil misinformation team, testified before a Senate subcommittee Tuesday in which she told the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) about poor behavior in social networking. The complaints made in the Huge.
Ms. Hogan is expected to address her allegations around the company’s behavior around the 2020 US presidential election, its approach to hate speech and misinformation, and the impact of its lifestyle app Instagram on young women’s mental health.
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hearing in progress
The chairman of the committee, Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, is giving opening remarks describing Facebook facing a “big tobacco moment.”
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Former Facebook employee Frances Haugen, who has accused the social media company of prioritizing profit over security, is testifying to US senators. On Sunday, Haugen came forward as the whistleblower behind a series of damaging reports in the Wall Street Journal, while a news program that Facebook’s priority was to make money on doing good things for the public. She has been called to testify before the Commerce Subcommittee of the US Senate about the risk to children from the company’s products. Haugen’s testimony comes less than 24 hours after Facebook, Instagram. And WhatsApp suffered a major global outage.
Blumenthal: Facebook boosts profits and ignores pain
Senator Blumenthal extended Ms. Haugen a “heartfelt gratitude for your courage and strength … to stand out as one of the most powerful, irrepressible corporate giants in the history of the world.”
He describes Facebook’s failure to act to make it “morally bankrupt”.
Mr Blumethal also says he would like to see Mark Zuckerberg testify.
Facebook should face ‘real punishment’ if it misled investors
Senator Blumenthal called on the SEC and FTC to investigate Ms. Hogen’s disclosures and called for “real punishment” for Facebook if investors or the public have been misled by the company.
Anxiety for teens on stage
Senator Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, the committee’s ranking Republican, continued a theme initiated by Senator Blumenthal—about parental concerns and the adverse effects of social media on teens and pre-teens on the platform.
She adds that as a mother and grandmother it is a matter of particular concern.
Blackburn: Facebook is ‘misrepresenting this committee’
Haughan makes his opening statement
Ms Haugen is now giving her opening remarks and noting that despite the positivity in the social media space, she adds: “I believe Facebook’s products harm children, fueling division. and undermine our democracy.”
His written statement is available Here.
Ms Hogen testified: “Yesterday, we saw Facebook take off from the Internet. I don’t know why it went down, but I do know not to use Facebook for more than five hours to deepen division, destabilize democracy, and make young girls and women feel bad about their bodies. it was done.
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