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Facebook whistleblower to say former employer an ‘urgent threat’ to U.S By Reuters


© Reuters. Scott Pelley interviews Frances Haugen, a Facebook whistleblower for CBS News 60 Minutes. Robert Fortunato for CBS News/60MINUTES/Handout via REUTERS

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – Frances Haugen, a whistleblower for Facebook (NASDAQ) will be appearing before Congress on Tuesday. She is expected to harshly criticize her ex-employer as “one the most pressing threats” to the country and demand more transparency regarding its operations to ensure a better regulation.

Haugen was a product manager at Facebook’s civic misinformation group.

In written testimony, she stated that “the core issue of the matter is that Facebook cannot understand Facebook’s destructive decisions better than Facebook because only Facebook can look under the skin.”

She stated that transparency is the key to effective regulation.

We can create sensible standards and rules to deal with consumer harms, illegal contents, data protection, anticompetitive practice, algorithmic system and many other issues.

Haugen will inform the panel about how Facebook executives often choose profit over safety.

She said, “The company leadership knows how to make Facebook and Instagram more secure and will not make necessary changes since they have placed their huge profits above people.” “It’s not responsible to anybody.”

Haugen came forward this week to reveal ttps:// she was the one who provided documents used in a Wall Street Journal investigation and a Senate hearing on Instagram’s harm to teen girls.

Facebook has not responded to my request for comment.

The Journal revealed that Instagram was contributing to increased polarization when it modified its content algorithm. The Journal also discovered that they failed to address vaccine hesitancy and were aware of the dangers to the mental health for teenage girls.

Haugen claimed that Facebook did too little to protect its platform from violence-planning people.

The Facebook account was used to plan mass murders in Myanmar as well as the attack on U.S. Capitol January 6th by Trump supporters, who were determined to determine the outcome of the 2020 election.

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