A Facebook whistleblower is ready to accuse the social media large of serving to to gasoline the Jan. 6 assault on the US Capitol by “polarizing” the nation — and has the corporate’s panicked bosses scrambling to do harm management.
The former worker, who’s scheduled to reveal her identity on CBS’s “60 Minutes” on Sunday evening, has already filed reams of nameless complaints in opposition to the corporate with federal authorities.
She’s now going public together with her claims.
In anticipation of the possibly damning disclosures, Facebook’s vice chairman of coverage and international affairs told CNN on Sunday that the claims over Jan. 6 are “ludicrous.”
“The insurrection on that day lies squarely with the people who inflicted the violence and those who encouraged them, including President Trump,” Nick Clegg advised the community.
“I think it gives people false confidence to assume that there must be a technological or technical explanation for the issues of political polarization in the United States,” he mentioned.
But Clegg additionally conceded that social media corporations, together with Facebook, “have a responsibility to understand where we contributed to negative and extreme content or hate speech or misinformation and so on.”
The whistleblower is predicted to inform CBS host Scott Pelley that the corporate dropped the ball in that regard.
She mentioned the interior paperwork present that the corporate is conscious that its practices “amplify” polarization and unfold hate in society, however appears to be like the opposite means for revenue.
Among her gripes is Facebook’s determination to take away limitations to chop down on misinformation on the positioning after the 2020 election, serving to to spark dissent upfront of the Jan. 6 riot.