Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen is set to testify before a Senate hearing, urging the government to control the social media company.
Ms Haugen, who spoke in thoroughness about the company during an interview with CBS’s 60 Minutes on Sunday, said that the social network repeatedly prioritised “growth over safety” and is “tearing our societies apart”.
Facebook’s stock plummeted on Monday in the aftermath of Ms Haugen’s interview and as its companies experienced an extended service outage.
It was the worst session performance for the company in nearly a year with the proportion price falling 4.9 per cent – the worst decline since the five per cent drop recorded on 9 November 2020.
According to her written testimony, which is to be heard by the Senate Commerce subcommittee on Tuesday, Ms Haugen will compare the social media giant’s practices to those in the tobacco and moroting industries.
“When we realized tobacco companies were hiding the harms it caused, the government took action. When we figured out cars were safer with seatbelts, the government took action,” Ms Haugen said in her written testimony. “I implore you to do the same here.”
Earlier this year, Ms Haugen left Facebook, where she worked as a member of its misinformation team. Priot to leaving her role, she copied a series of internal memos and documents that have been shared by The Wall Street Journal over the past three weeks.
Who is the Facebook whistleblower?
Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen is set to testify before a Senate hearing today. According to her written testimony, she will urge the government to control the social media company – which she claims is “tearing our societies apart”.
But who is Ms Haugen and how did her revelations come about? Lamiat Sabin reports
Harriet Sinclair5 October 2021 13:49
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