How to watch the Facebook Senate whistle hearing.
A Facebook whistleblower is taking his campaign to Washington.
Former Facebook product manager Francis Hagen, who leaked internal documents to the Wall Street Journal and made a number of revelations about the company, will testify in a Senate hearing Tuesday morning.
The hearing, which begins at 10 a.m., is part of Ms. Hagen’s visit, which aims to bring more government oversight to the major social media organization. She appeared on “60 Minutes” on Sunday night and is expected to meet with European regulators later this month. Ms Hagen has warned that Facebook has no incentive to change its primary goal of increasing engagement without the intervention of regulators.
Here is what to expect at the hearing:
Ms. Hughes will focus on the company’s emphasis on acquiring younger and younger customers. Some of the research he leaked to The Journal found that Instagram harmed young people with anxiety and, in some cases, suicidal thoughts. The study found that one in three young people reported feeling worse about their body image because of Instagram.
“I am here today because I believe that Facebook’s products harm children, prevent divisions, undermine our democracy and much more,” Ms. Hogan said in a written testimony. “The company’s leadership knows how to secure Facebook and Instagram and will not make the necessary changes because they have made their huge profits public. Congress needs action.”
Lawmakers will accept Ms. Hagen’s testimony. Concerns about the safety of children online have united Republicans and Democrats. They have become increasingly angry at the failure to protect young users on Facebook and allow the spread of misinformation.
Lawmakers will consider what Facebook executives have learned about the toxic effects of Instagram on young users. They may ask whether Mark Zuckerberg and other leaders ignored research on the impact of Instagram on children and other issues such as the spread of hate groups before the Capital riots.
Lawmakers may also ask Ms. Hagen how the company’s systems work to promote toxic materials. They will also focus on how tools like beauty filters, comments and Facebook’s “Like” button can connect young users to Instagram.
Senator Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat from Connecticut and chair of the panel on consumer protection, product safety and data security, will highlight the experience his office ran, in which he created an account for a fake 13-year-old user. Showed interest. Weight loss. In an interview, he said that the account has been put in the rabbit hole of material that promotes food disorders and other self-harm.
“I want to talk about the implications of what I read in these documents and the algorithms I use, but not to increase profits but to increase losses,” Mr Blumenthal said.