previous whistle Facebook social networking site An employee revealed her identity publicly for the first time in60 minutesSunday to condemn the company to help it Fueling the violent January 6 rebellion in the Capitol And worsening political polarization around the world.
The whistleblower, Frances Hogan, served as a product manager on Facebook’s civil disinformation team during and after the 2020 election. She was so upset by many of the actions Facebook took during that time, she told “60 Minutes” Scott Bailey, that she leaked tens of thousands From the internal research pages of lawmakers, regulators, and the Wall Street Journal, which did A series of stories called “Facebook Files”.
Haugen said the company’s evidence shows that Facebook is lying to the public about making significant progress against hate, violence and misinformation. Haugen’s lawyers have submitted at least one file Eight complaints with the SEC Alleging that Facebook lied to investors about its actions.
“I don’t trust that [the company is] Willing to invest what really needs to be invested to prevent Facebook from being dangerous,” Haugen said.
The main problem, Haugen said, is that Facebook’s business is built on attracting as much engagement as possible from the social network’s billions of users, and the data shows that social media users interact more with inflammatory content.
“Facebook has repeatedly chosen to improve in its own interests, such as making more money,” Haugen said.
“When we live in an information environment filled with angry content, hate and polarization, it undermines our civic trust, undermines our belief in one another, and undermines our ability to want to care for one another,” she added. “The version of Facebook that exists today is tearing our societies apart and causing racial violence around the world.”
Haugen finally decided earlier this year that it could no longer stay on Facebook, she said, and secretly copied tens of thousands of internal search pages.
She said, “I realized, ‘Okay, I’m going to do this in a methodical way, and I have to get out enough that no one can doubt that this is real.
Haugen left the company in May.
In connection with the January 6 rebellion, Haugen criticized Facebook for dropping election safety protocols that were part of a program known as “Civil Integrity” very quickly after the vote – and most importantly, before President Joe Biden was sworn in. Planning riots in the Capitol. Federal prosecutors have repeatedly cited the Facebook posts in cases against Capitol insurgents.
Shortly after the election, “They said to us, ‘We’re nullifying civic integrity.’ Like, they basically said, ‘Well, we got through the election.’ There were no riots. We can do away with civic integrity now. Fast forward two months later, we got the mutiny,” Haugen said.
Facebook learned last week that Haugen will appear on 60 Minutes and Send a proactive message to employees who defend Facebook’s actions Friday.
“Social media has had a huge impact on society in recent years, and Facebook is often a place where a lot of this discussion takes place,” said the 1,500-word memo written by Nick Clegg, Facebook’s vice president of policy and global affairs. “But what evidence is there simply Does not support the idea That Facebook, or social media in general, is the main cause of polarization.”
The note that was Obtained by the New York TimesHe stated that “the increase in political polarization in the United States predates social media by several decades.” Clegg praised the company’s actions to eliminate hate speech and inaccurate and inflammatory posts.
Clegg continued his defense of Facebook on Sunday morning, rejecting evidence from the Haugen document that proves it Instagram negatively affects body image.
With “a third of the world’s population” interacting with Facebook, “of course you see the good, the bad and the ugly appearing on our platform,” he said on CNN’s Trusted Sources show.
“Our job is to try to mitigate the harm, minimize the harm, and amplify the good,” he insisted, and that’s what Facebook’s internal research helps him do.
Clegg admitted that Facebook research shows Instagram can harm body image issues for some teens who are “already struggling.” He claimed that Facebook aims to “mitigate” this effect, but it will not be able to eliminate it.
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