Francis Haugen, a former Facebook Employee, set to testify before Congress on Tuesday that the tech giant puts “profits before the people” and that Congress should take action to regulate it.
In written testimony Released to reporters ahead of a Senate subcommittee hearing, Hogen — a former product manager on Facebook’s civil misinformation team — would say the social media company’s products “harm children, foster division, undermine our democracy.” We do.”
“The company’s leadership knows how to make Facebook and Instagram secure and won’t make the necessary changes because they put their huge profits in front of the public,” Hogan testified. “Congress action is needed.”
Haugen, who first reveal your identity In a “60 Minutes” interview on Sunday, the former leaked thousands of pages of Facebook’s internal research to lawmakers, regulators and The Wall Street Journal, a Series of articles entitled “The Facebook Files”.
“I believe what I did was right and necessary for the common good,” Haugen will testify Tuesday. “But I know Facebook has infinite resources it can use to destroy me.”
Whistleblower alleged in leaking Facebook internal documents that the company undermined it Negative Effects of Instagram on Young Girls And it didn’t take strong enough action against the COVID-19 vaccine misinformation spreading on its platform.
She also alleged that Facebook did not do enough to stop misinformation spreading about the legitimacy of the 2020 election, both fueling dangerous lies and providing a Platform for Donald Trump Supporters to Plan Deadly Storming of US Capitol for Rioters on January 6.
“The result is a system that perpetuates division, extremism and polarization – and undermines societies around the world. In some cases, this dangerous online interaction has led to real violence that harms and even harms people. That kills too,” Haugen plans to say Tuesday, according to advance testimony before a panel on the Senate Commerce Committee.
Facebook did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
On Monday, Facebook and its proprietary apps, including Instagram and WhatsApp, experienced massive outage, blocking users around the world from accessing the Services.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D.N.Y.) slammed the company in a Twitter post: “It’s almost like Facebook’s Monopoly Mission Owning, copying or destroying any competing platform has incredibly devastating effects on free society and democracy. ”
“break them down.” Progressive MLA added.