Who Is Frances Haugen? The Facebook Whistleblower Behind Bombshell Leaks

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Hogen, who worked on Facebook’s civil misinformation team, secretly copied thousands of internal documents before leaving the company in May.

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A former Facebook employee on Sunday publicly denounced helping the company by revealing her identity for the first time Foster the violent January 6 US Capitol rebellion and intensifying political polarization around the world.

Who is Francis Haugen and what did he reveal?

The whistleblower, Frances Haugen, served as a product manager on Facebook’s civil misinformation team during and after the 2020 election. She was so upset by the many actions Facebook had taken during that time, she told American journalist Scott Pele of 60 Minutes that she had leaked thousands of pages of internal research to lawmakers, regulators and The Wall Street Journal, which led to a Series of stories called The Facebook Files.


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Haugen said the company’s own evidence shows Facebook is lying to the public about making significant progress against hate, violence and misinformation. Haugen’s lawyers have filed at least Eight complaints with the Securities and Exchange Commission Alleged that Facebook lied to investors about its actions.

“I can not believe that [the company is] That’s really what Facebook needs to invest in to keep it from being dangerous,” Haugen said.

Haugen argued that the main problem is that Facebook’s business is built to engage as much as possible from the social network’s billions of users, and data shows that social media users engage more with inflammatory content.

“Facebook, over and over again, chose to optimize for its own interests, such as making more money,” Haugen said.

“When we live in an information environment that is full of angry, hateful, polarizing content, it undermines our civic trust, it undermines our trust in each other, it undermines our trust in each other, it undermines our ability to care for each other. undermines our capacity,” she said. “The version of Facebook that exists today is tearing our societies apart and causing ethnic violence around the world.”

Haugen finally decided earlier this year that she could no longer be on Facebook, she said, and secretly copied thousands of pages of internal research.

“I realized, ‘Well, I have to do this systematically, and I have to get so out there that no one can question that it’s real,'” she said.

Haughan left the company in May.

In relation to the January 6 uprising on the US Capitol, Haugen criticized Facebook for dropping election security protocols that were part of a program known as “civil integrity” shortly after the vote – and, importantly, From, before the swearing-in of President Joe Biden. The extremists later weaponized Facebook to plan the Capitol riot. Facebook posts have been cited repeatedly by federal prosecutors in cases against Capitol rebels.

Immediately after the election, “they told us, ‘We are breaching civil integrity.’ Like, he basically said, ‘Oh well, we made it through elections. There weren’t riots. We can get rid of civic integrity now.’ Fast forward a few months, we got the rebellion,” Haugen said.

What has Facebook said?

Facebook learned last week that Haughan was to appear on 60 Minutes and Sent a pre-emptive message to employees defending Facebook’s actions on Friday.

The 1,500-word memo written by Nick Clegg, Facebook’s vice president of policy and global affairs, said, “Social media has had a major impact on society in recent years, and Facebook is often the place where much of this debate takes place.” Is.” “But what is the evidence? does not support the idea that Facebook, or social media in general, is the primary cause of polarization.”

memorandum, which was obtained by The New York Times, said that “the increase in political polarization in America predates social media by several decades.” Clegg commended the company’s actions to crack down on hate speech and misogynistic, inflammatory posts.

Clegg continued his defense of Facebook on Sunday, pushing back Haugen’s document against Trove’s evidence that Instagram negatively affects body image.

“Of course you see the good, the bad and the ugly on our platform,” he said on CNN’s Reliable Sources show.

“Our job is to try to minimize the bad, reduce it, and enhance the good,” and that’s what Facebook’s internal research is helping to do, he stressed.

Clegg acknowledged that Facebook’s research suggests Instagram could be causing further damage to body image issues for some teens “already” struggling. He claimed that Facebook aims to reduce that impact, but it will not be able to eliminate it.

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