Facebook ‘accountable to no one,’ whistleblower will say in testimony By Reuters
By David Shepardson
WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – Frances Haugen (NASDAQ:), a former employee of Facebook (NASDAQ) will testify before Congress Tuesday that the company has little oversight. She will compare the social media giant with tobacco companies who have for decades claimed that smoking is harmful to health.
“When we discovered that the tobacco industry was hiding the harmful effects it caused, government took swift action. The government took the necessary steps to make cars safer by installing seatbelts,” Haugen stated in written testimony that he gave before Tuesday’s Senate Commerce subcommittee. I implore all of you to follow my lead here.
Haugen told a Senate Commerce Committee panel, “Profits won” when Facebook executives had the choice of user safety or profits.
The company’s leaders know how to use Facebook and other social media platforms.
They are making Instagram more secure and they won’t change because of their huge profits. According to prepared testimony that Reuters has seen, she will state that Congress must act. Facebook cannot operate while it’s in the dark. It is not accountable for its actions. Facebook will not stop making decisions in the interest of the greater good.
Haugen was a product manager for Facebook’s civil misinformation team. She appeared Sunday on CBS’s “60 Minutes” and revealed her identity.
Facebook has not yet responded to the request for comment.
Haugen added that “Facebook’s closed design means it has no oversight — even from its own Oversight Board, which is as blind as the public.”
She said that regulators are unable to act as checks.
“This inability to see into the actual systems of Facebook and confirm that Facebook’s systems work like they say is like the Department of Transportation regulating cars by
“Watching them drive down the highway,” she wrote. It is as if there were no regulations who could take a ride in a vehicle.
You can drive it, test it, and even find out if seatbelts are available.
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