Who is Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen? Everything you need to know

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Who is Francis Haugen, Thee informer Who’s taking on Facebook?

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Sunday Night, Haugen said 60 Minutes on Sunday night that she was the source of the leaked documents to the Wall Street Journal and lawmakers. This was the first time he had spoken publicly.

Haugen is calling himself “an advocate for the public oversight of social media.” he has a new Website, twitter profile And Instagram account.


His message: She wants to fix Facebook, not harm it.

Haughan, 37, had been working at Facebook for nearly two years. He worked on the civil integrity team as a product manager to combat election interference and misinformation. Prior to working at Facebook, she was a product manager at Google, Pinterest and Yelp.

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Why did Haugen whistle on Facebook?

Haugen says the social media giant isn’t investing enough “to keep Facebook from being dangerous.”

She says she lost confidence in Facebook’s commitment to protecting users after it disbanded the civil integrity team following the 2020 presidential race. Facebook said it distributed the work to different teams. But Haugen says Facebook stopped paying attention, causing January 6 Capitol attack.

“What I saw on Facebook over and over again was a conflict of interest between what was good for the public and what was good for Facebook,” Haugen said in a CBS News program, and Facebook repeatedly chose to adapt. For one’s own interests, such as making more money. “

So he copied thousands of pages of internal documents that Facebook says lied to the public about its efforts to root out hate speech, misinformation and violence.

Haugen placed the blame on a 2018 algorithmic change that prioritizes posts with high user engagement. It kicks lies and anger off the charts.

“Facebook has realized that if they changed the algorithm to be secure, people would spend less time on the site, they would click on fewer ads, they would make less money,” Haugen said.

What does Haughan want?

Not to make people hate Facebook.

“If people hate Facebook more because of what I’ve done, then I’ve failed,” she told the Wall Street Journal. “I believe in truth and reconciliation – we need to accept reality. The first step is documentation.”

What Haugen wants: For lawmakers to take action.

“I’m hoping it will have such a huge impact on the world that it will give them the strength and motivation to really enforce those rules,” Haugen told 60 Minutes.

She is also claiming that investors were also misled.

According to CBS, it has filed eight complaints with the Securities and Exchange Commission, comparing the company’s internal research to its public comments.

Facebook’s director of policy communications, Lena Pietsch, said: “We stand by our public statements and stand ready to answer any questions from regulators about our work.”

Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen chats with CBS's Scott Pelly

What else is Facebook saying?

It’s a battle for soundbites as Facebook downplays the importance of leaked documents and reporting by The Wall Street Journal and 60 Minutes.

In a statement to Granthshala, Pietsch said: “We have made significant improvements to combat the spread of misinformation and harmful content. Suggesting that we encourage bad content, learn about it, and do nothing more.” Do it’s not true.”

“If any research had identified precise solutions to these complex challenges, the tech industry, governments and societies would have solved them much earlier,” she said.

Facebook tried to outdo the 60 Minutes interview with an interview on CNN.

Vice President of Global Affairs Nick Clegg told CNN reliable sources on Sunday that Facebook is not the cause of extreme political polarization in the US or the Capitol riots.

“I think if the claim that January 6th can be explained because of social media, I think it’s ridiculous,” Clegg said. “The responsibility for the violence that occurred on January 6 and the uprising on that day rests entirely with those who instigated and encouraged them, including then-President Trump and, frankly, many others elsewhere in the media who claim were encouraging that the election had been stolen.”

Facebook can’t control all the content on its apps, he said, and its job is to “mitigate the bad, reduce it and enhance the good.”

What will happen next? And Hougan is in hot water?

Haugen is scheduled to testify Tuesday morning at a hearing convened by the Senate Commerce Consumer Protection Panel. The hearing focused on the risks of Facebook products to children, but it will also cover the 2020 election.

According to his written testimony obtained by Reuters, Haugen will compare Facebook to tobacco companies.

“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,” Haugen’s testimony They say. “I beg you to do the same here.”

During a congressional hearing last week, lawmakers pressured Facebook’s global security chief Antigone Davis not to retaliate against Haugen.

Davis would only say: “We have committed not to retaliate for this person who spoke to the Senate.”

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