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Facebook whistleblower reveals identity ahead of Senate hearing By Reuters


© Reuters. FILEPHOTO: Facebook logo seen in Davos Switzerland, January 20, 2020. Photo taken January 20, 2020. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann

By Sheila Dang

(Reuters) – An ex-employer Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:). Sunday’s revelation by an employee that she was the whistleblower of company internal research, which served as the foundation of an investigative series for the Wall Street Journal.

This leak led to a Senate Hearing and new criticisms about the negative effects of social media giant’s apps.

Frances Haugen was featured on Sunday’s television show “60 Minutes.” In a hearing entitled “Protecting Kids Online”, she will give evidence before a Senate subcommittee about Instagram’s effects on young users’ mental health.

A Facebook executive presented evidence to U.S. senators last week. She contested the Journal’s description of the research and pointed out other results that showed her app’s positive effect on teenagers.

According to LinkedIn profiles, Haugen served as Facebook’s product manager for over two years. Her experience includes product management at Google (NASDAQ 🙂 and Pinterest (NYSE :). Yelp (NYSE:

Haugen claimed that while she has seen problems with other social media platforms, “it was significantly worse at Facebook than everything I had ever seen.”

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