Facebook merchandise ‘hurt youngsters, stoke division,’ whistleblower says

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Oct 5 (Reuters) – Facebook (FB.O) whistleblower Frances Haugen testified earlier than the U.S. Congress on Tuesday, telling lawmakers the social media big knew its apps had been harming the psychological well being of some younger customers. Here are some feedback from the committee listening to:

FRANCES HAUGEN, FACEBOOK WHISTLEBLOWER

“I’m here today because I believe Facebook’s products harm children, stoke division and weaken our democracy.”

U.S. SENATOR ROGER WICKER, REPUBLICAN FROM MISSISSIPPI

“Children of America are hooked on their product. There is cynical knowledge on behalf of these Big Tech companies that this is true.”

U.S. SENATOR RICHARD BLUMENTHAL, DEMOCRAT FROM CONNECTICUT

“The damage to self-interest and self-worth inflicted by Facebook today will haunt a generation.”

“Big Tech now faces the Big Tobacco jaw-dropping moment of truth.”

Reporting by Sheila Dang in Dallas; Editing by Howard Goller

A 3D-printed Facebook logo is seen placed on a keyboard in this illustration taken March 25, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo