Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen will testify Tuesday earlier than members of the Senate client safety subcommittee.
Haugen, a former Facebook product supervisor tasked with defending in opposition to election interference, leaked paperwork that led to a damning collection of media reviews that alleged the corporate coated up proof that its merchandise trigger hurt.
Before leaving Facebook earlier this yr, Haugen copied 1000’s of pages of inner paperwork — a few of which had already been reported on — to again up her claims that the social media big prioritizes divisive content material over security to garner greater income.
“The thing I saw at Facebook over and over again was there were conflicts of interest between what was good for the public and what was good for Facebook,” Haugen stated on CBS’s “60 Minutes.”
“Facebook, over and over again, chose to optimize for its own interests, like making more money,” stated Haugen.
The listening to can be convened by chairman of the committee Sen. Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat from Connecticut.
Sens. Amy Klobuchar, a Democrat from Minnesota, Ed Markey, a Democrat from Massachusetts, Roy Blunt, a Republican from Missouri and Marsha Blackburn, a Republican from Tennessee, will even be on the listening to.
Haugen’s leaks led to a collection of reports in the Wall Street Journal that alleged Facebook has, amongst different issues, sought to focus on kids so as to develop their person base, hid inner analysis that confirmed its merchandise are dangerous for younger women and has exempted sure customers from its content-moderation guidelines.
Facebook, for its half, has disputed the characterization of Haugen’s leaks, insisting that the interior paperwork had been taken out of context.
Nick Clegg, Facebook’s vice chairman of worldwide affairs, has repeatedly stated in media appearances that the actual fact that such inner analysis exists exhibits the corporate’s dedication to understanding its impression on society.
“If we didn’t want to address those questions, we wouldn’t commission the research in the first place,” Clegg stated Sunday on CNN.