On Sunday evening, a former Facebook employee who had previously revealed the company’s internal documents came forward 60 minutes revealing who he is.
Frances Haugen, a former Facebook security manager, shared documents that were a source of inspiration several articles in the Wall Street Journal. The report revealed that the company was aware that its business could lead to other problems – including harm to the health of young people – but it has not changed much to address these issues.
“There were differences between what was good for the people and what was good for Facebook. And Facebook, over and over again, decided to adjust its interests, such as making more money,” Haugen said in 60 minutes interview Sunday.
He also made new statements – not previously recorded in the WSJ report – of Facebook saying it was lowering its false stance after the 2020 presidential election, shortly before January 6 riots at US Capitol.
From what my colleagues have written is this published Friday New York Times correspondent Nick Clegg, the vice-president of Facebook for World Affairs, wrote that the January 6 issue was “in the hands of perpetrators of violence, as well as politicians and elsewhere who promote it.” Clegg also wrote that Facebook is “not a cause for division”.
Facebook has been embroiled in a financial and political crisis for the past five years. But now is a wonderful time for the company and the billions of people who use its products. Meanwhile, in response to documents by Haugen, the reporter, the company stopped making its own Instagram for Kids, brought in two leaders in Congress to testify, and set up PR protests against the Wall Street Journal reports as “fruit picking.”
Haugen shared Facebook internal documents with lawmakers and is expected to testify before members of Congress on Tuesday. His comments with lawmakers show how politicians on both sides of the aisle view television companies like Facebook are very concerned – and that they are skilled at monitoring them.
“This is the first time I can remember anything so wonderful, I am revealing a lawyer, a lot of documents, I am revealing,” said Katie Harbath, a former Facebook chief executive who is now a partner at the Bipartisan Policy Center and Atlantic Council.
While many Facebook employees have spoken out against the company anonymously or internally, only a few – especially at a high level – have spoken out on Facebook. And it has yet to reveal much of the evidence that the company seems to understand but ignores the evils that cause it.
Also the Facebook author did not have this type of publication: first, the most published survey reports, then disclosed on television, and soon the evidence before Congress – all within a few weeks.
How Facebook seems to be known for its dangers and prevents that information from the public has led lawmakers such as Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) comparing the company’s tactics to Big Tobacco.
Facebook has already responded to the lawsuit by defending him on a well-known analogy book, just as he responded to President Joe Biden by criticizing the platform “Murder” due to the spread of Covid-19 lies on the platform. The company and its executives argue that the allegations are exaggerated and untrue, that the information is being removed from opinion, and that Facebook is not the only cause of trouble in the world.
And as was the case in Biden’s recent fake dispute with Facebook Covid-19, Facebook has questioned the reliability of external research on how its teams operate.
Meanwhile, the company went so far as to disregard the findings of some internal researchers about the impact of Instagram on the lives of youth groups. Last week, it shared the file type specified about an initial study that was first published in the Journal. On its previously released pages, Facebook said its research offices “could be fun” which Instagram could cause photo problems for young girls. The company also said the size of the study was small.
The fact that the company opposes the findings of the employee audit shows how serious the damage resulting from whistleblower correspondence is, and how quickly the company is working to change the case.
“It’s a great moment,” said Yaël Eisenstat, a former electoral officer for Facebook worldwide. He has been critical of the company since his departure in November 2018. “For many years, we have known a lot about these things – through journalists and researchers – but Facebook has been able to claim that it has an ax to wield so we should not rely on what it says. ”He told Recode.
The main reason why the new turmoil is so loud is that politicians on both sides feel cheated by Facebook, because in the past asked CEO Mark Zuckerberg about Instagram mental health on children and adolescents, and the company did not come.
In March, Mr. Zuckerberg told Congress he did not believe the study had been completed, and that “in general, the research we have seen is that using social media can be healthier.” But they did not disclose any wrongdoing in the Wall Street Journal, including that 13% of young British consumers use and 6% of American youth read of those with suicidal thoughts who followed the suicidal ideation on Instagram.
The company did not participate in the study in response to two separate questions from Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), and Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) when asked about Facebook’s internal investigation into the matter after the March hearing of the meeting.
Most of those already working for Facebook – instead of just keeping quiet about the company is said to strengthen communication in his staff – begins publicly talk about the company news on Twitter, as well as internal content such as the company board, according to reports from the New York Times.
Some researchers working for the company are “ashamed” that Facebook has neglected the work of employees, according to in the Times. Facebook, like other major modern corporations, prides itself on hiring high-tech analysts and technologists. Once the company has redefined its image in professional and academic settings, it can restrict the number of employees it can recruit.
“I think Facebook is mistakenly thinking what time it is, not because people are now keeping an eye on these posts but because co-workers are starting to get angry,” Eisenstat told Recode.
In the coming days, Haugen’s interest may change and include his story: his reputation, his Facebook experience, whether he has the courage to share this in addition to what can help people, and how he might face legal or retaliatory action (Facebook executives have done evidence in oath that he will not retaliate for speaking with Congress).
But Haugen is coming to the fore with at least one more. By disclosing thousands of comments about the company’s public service to the company – which was later ignored by senior management – the white man has dominated temporary discussions inside and outside the company over Facebook’s flaws.
“[Haugen] has provided an unmistakable and unparalleled picture in which Facebook executives have deliberately ignored the effects of life and death on their sales and decisions, “Jesse Lehrich, founder of the non-profit Accountable Tech, told Recode.