Facebook exposes whistleblower identity and criticizes company ethics

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Last month, the Facebook whistleblower who provided internal research to the US government revealed his identity and said he knew his former company’s algorithm facilitated hate.

“Facebook has shown time and time again that it prefers profit to security,” said Francis Haugen, 37, a data scientist. 60 minutes Interview on CBS on Sunday.

Haugen joined Facebook in 2019 as part of Facebook’s Civil Integrity unit, working to stop the spread of misinformation, particularly election-related misinformation. Following the 2020 US presidential election, Facebook terminated its Civil Integrity Unit, at which point Haugen questioned the integrity of the company. Open 60 minutes He claimed that after the election was over – but before the January 6 attack on the Capitol that killed five people – the company turned off the protections it had implemented and prioritized “growth over security.”

Haugen’s 60 minutes The interview is among the widespread criticisms of Facebook, with the company’s disclosure of internal research in the Wall Street Journal documenting the company’s awareness of the damage Instagram does to teen girls’ body image and how Facebook itself amplifies hate speech and misinformation. Haugen’s comments on this 60 minutes also long proven concerns Surrounding the algorithms of Facebook and other social media platforms. Haugen is preparing to testify before members of the Senate. October 5thFacebook’s aims and actions continue to be questioned by politicians, parents and industry leaders.

Haugen talked about how Facebook’s algorithm favors content that “gets interest or reaction.” “But her own research shows that hateful, divisive, polarizing content is easier to incite people to anger than other emotions.”

John Tye, one of Haugen’s attorneys, said: 60 minutes That Facebook’s actions broke the law by not keeping its investors informed of its research, violating the company’s liability to its investors.

“As a public company, Facebook should not lie to its investors or even hide important information.” “As such, the SEC regularly takes enforcement actions, alleging that companies like Facebook and others have committed material errors and omissions that negatively affect investors.”

Facebook declined to participate in an interview with CBS, but issued a statement from Lena Pietsch, Director of Policy Communications.

“We continue to make significant improvements to prevent the spread of misinformation and harmful content,” Piestsch said. Said. “It’s not fair to suggest that we promote bad content and do nothing.”

Facebook Whistleblower Reveals Identity, Says He Knows Facebook Algorithm Is Harmful

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