Some days ago, the US government called Facebook big tobacco, and now the whistleblower who shared documents alleging the giant social media company believes more in “profit over safety”.
A series of stories based on the internal documents and emails depicted Facebook has helped in increasing online polarisation by its content algorithm. The documents also cleared that its policy failed to reduce hesitation of the covid vaccine in users and the company aware that Instagram harmed the mental health of teenage girls.
On Sunday, October 3, 2021, the founder of whistleblower aid, John Tye accused Facebook of fuelling hate and harming among its users. He also revealed that its products are harming the mental health of children.
Despite being a social media company, it targets the profits which were based on misinformation and hate speech, ahead of the mental health of its users. She said that her lawyer filed eight complaints with US Securities and Exchange Commission against the social media giant.
Tye told that his team was contacted a woman through a mutual connection who claimed to have worked with Facebook. She has access to tens of thousands of documents and emails from the social network giant. Further, he stated, “she is a very brave woman, who taking the personal risk for the safety of others by holding a trillion-dollar company accountable”. Further, Tye said that within a few minutes he understood the importance of what woman brought and agreed to probe the documents and represent her.
France Haugen revealed herself as the whistleblower who provided the documents that lead to the probe and senate hearing on the harms of Instagram to teen girls. On Sunday she appeared in a television interview program of CBS and disclose her identity as an employee of Facebook who worked as a product manager on the civic misinformation team.
She said, “There is a big difference between what was good for the public and what was good for Facebook. Therefore the company always chose benefit of its own interests over the security of users”. She also claimed that the company always knew about the harm it was causing and also provided the evidence to the lawmakers.
Further, she confessed that she copied several pages of the company’s internal research and decided to bring it to the fore. Further, she added that Facebook turned off its safety systems on 6 January, the day of the Capitol riot while the US Presidential Election, to help in organizing the riot.
In against ho Haugen allegations, Facebook released a statement saying that we are working on tackling the spread of harmful content, fake and misinformation. Haugen made false statements that we do nothing about this and encourage harmful content.
This was not the first time that someone alleges Facebook for wrongdoing. Previously in 2018, Christopher Wylie set the stage, which claims that Cambridge Analytica Facebook together harvested user’s data improperly and build voter’s profiles without the consent of users.