Facebook whistleblower says Zuckerberg knows site harms children

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Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen accused company founder Mark Zuckerberg of “putting an advantage on people” despite knowing that his site was harming children and societies around the world, during a Senate testimony Tuesday.

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At the hearing both she and the senator pleaded guilty to the issues arising from the site at the feet of Mr. Zuckerberg, Ms. Hogen declared: “The buck stops with Mark. At present there is no one else to blame Mark but himself.” Is.”

Speaking before the Senate Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety and Data Protection, Ms. Hogen said the American public now knows “the truth about Facebook’s devastating impact” and added, “We still have time to act, But we must act now”.

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“Facebook will not change until the incentives change,” Ms Haugen told the subcommittee. “Leave alone, Facebook will continue to make choices that go against the common good – our common good.”

Chairman Richard Blumenthal made his own scathing criticism, personally targeting the Facebook CEO, and demanding that he appear before the committee to answer questions.

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“Mark Zuckerberg should look at himself in the mirror, and yet instead of taking responsibility and showing leadership, Mr. Zuckerberg is sailing,” he said, “Mr. Zuckerberg, you need to come before this committee.”

The chairman said the Facebook CEO’s modus operandi was “no apologies, no admissions… no action, nothing to see here”.

Former Facebook employee told 60 minutes Facebook’s own internal research over the weekend says it is creating conflict and increasing divisions around the world, urging Congress to take action during a Senate subcommittee hearing on Tuesday.

His comments have opened the company to new criticism about its data practices, ability or desire to keep young children off its platform, and success or failure with the removal of hate speech and misinformation.

The company now faces charges that it enabled a genocide in Myanmar, among other allegations. On Tuesday, Ms Haugen noted that the ethnic conflict in Ethiopia was a result of the country’s many spoken languages ​​and persistent staffing issues at Facebook made it impossible for the company to oversee on its platform, which she said the company had to address. unable to. Multiple problems on the platform

A Facebook spokesperson is actively taking to Twitter to swiftly counter Ms. Haugen’s claim, stating that she did not work “directly” in several areas she was questioned by senators on Tuesday; The company has yet to respond, but has been asked by subcommittee chairman Richard Blumenthal for CEO Mark Zuckerberg to testify and answer the same questions.

Mr Zuckerberg himself last testified before Congress in 2019, when he appeared before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform. Before that committee he faced a brutal grilling at the hands of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who questioned Zuckerberg about what the standard was for removing political ads containing misinformation.

During a widely banned 2019 appearance, Mr Zuckerberg was stymied by questions about whether Ms Ocasio-Cortez could pay for political ads accusing her opponents of backing her policies, thereby reducing the base of her own party. Her support waned in the US, and was unable to answer whether such ads would be removed from the platform.

Criticism about misinformation on Facebook only grew after the deadly attack on the US Capitol and the continued spread of false claims about COVID-19 and vaccines on the platform.

Credit: www.independent.co.uk / Facebook

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