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The Facebook Papers: A bulleted guide to the biggest revelations from troves of leaked documents

The pressure is rising for Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Over a dozen news organizations reviewed Facebook documents leaked by a whistleblower. The outlets published several reports Monday based on those documents, known as the Facebook Papers. The topics include Facebook's fading popularity with teens and failures in addressing hate speech. Seventeen US news organizations on Monday said they had reviewed leaked internal documents obtained by former Facebo...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, News, Instagram, Nbc, Washington Post, US, Trends, Bloomberg, Cnn, Atlantic, Vietnam, Financial Times, Whistleblower, Zuckerberg, Internal


Facebook whistleblower’s damning testimony | First Thing

Frances Haugen gave evidence to UK parliament calling for urgent regulation. Plus, FDA to debate authorizing Covid shots for childrenGood morning.The Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen gave evidence to parliament in the UK on Monday, calling for urgent regulation to rein in the tech company’s management and reduce the harm being done to society.What is Haugen doing in the UK? Haugen, a former Facebook employee who released tens of thousands of damaging documents about its inner workings, trav...
Tags: Facebook, UK, London, Instagram, US, World news, US news, Fda, Biden, Zuckerberg, Haugen, Frances Haugen


Mark Zuckerberg said he's 'retooling' Facebook toward young adults and away from older users

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images Mark Zuckerberg said Monday that he's "retooling" Facebook toward serving younger users. The CEO said he wants that mission to be "the North Star" rather than appealing to older users. Facebook has faced increasing pressure from rivals like TikTok, which has become a Gen Z hotspot. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Monday he's "retooling" the company toward young adults and away from older users.The executive said on its...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, News, Instagram, Trends, Social Media, Snapchat, Zuckerberg, Tech Companies, North Star, Statista, Facebook s Instagram, Tech Insider, Katie Canales, Piper Sandler, Frances Haugen


Mark Zuckerberg opposed pushing Spanish-language voting information on WhatsApp because he thought it would look partisan

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg (left) and former Facebook employee Frances Haugen. Matt McClain-Pool/Getty Images/Andrew Harnik/AP Mark Zuckerberg objected to pushing a Spanish-language voting resource on WhatsApp in 2020. The Facebook CEO argued that sending millions of WhatsApp users voting resources would look partisan. Zuckerberg's opposition to the effort was exposed as part of a major leak of internal Facebook documents. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg opposed pushing a Spanish-lang...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Post, Politics, News, Instagram, Washington Post, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Whatsapp, Donald Trump, Zuckerberg, Trump, Facebook CEO, Andrew Harnik


A new Facebook whistleblower was reportedly told by company officials to 'focus on the good' after raising problems like illegal drug trades on the platform

Facebook has come under fire for it's research on how Facebook’s Instagram service harms young people Xinhua News Agency/Getty Images A new Facebook whistleblower filed an SEC complaint against the company on Friday, according to documents obtained by The Washington Post. The complaint alleges that Facebook enabled criminal activity such as drug trades within Groups. The whistleblower was told to "focus on the good" by Facebook officials after raising concerns, the report says. A ne...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Post, News, Instagram, Washington Post, Trends, New York Times, SEC, The Washington Post, Whistleblower, Securities And Exchange Commission, Zhang, Tech Insider, Erin McPike, Sophie Zhang


A group of nearly 50 nonprofits has launched a campaign to 'effectively end Facebook's current business model' in the wake of whistleblower testimony

AP Photo/Mark Lennihan A group of almost 50 nonprofits is trying to "stop Facebook" in the wake of multiple company crises. It wants a data privacy law "strong enough to effectively end Facebook's current business model." The effort was spurred by testimony from Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen last week. Dozens of human rights organizations have started a campaign calling for action against Facebook following a week of turmoil for the tech giant. The coalition of nearly 50 nonpr...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, Congress, Youtube, Senate, Trends, Wall Street Journal, Federal Trade Commission, Facebook Instagram, PEN America, Mark Lennihan, Tech Insider, Sarah Jackson, Haugen, Facebook Whistleblower, Frances Haugen


Spot on or unfair? Facebook employees split on whistleblower Frances Haugen’s critique

Inside the notoriously insular company, employees’ perceptions of Haugen appear to be dividedWhen former Facebook product manager Frances Haugen testified before the Senate last Tuesday, she painted an unsightly picture of the social networking company.As a member of the company’s civic misinformation team for almost two years until her departure in May, Haugen shared insights the company had previously hidden – from Facebook’s willingness to propagate hateful content on its platforms to keep us...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Social Networking, Senate, US news, Haugen, Frances Haugen


Facebook stock is testing a key 200-day support level after whistleblower allegations help spark 17% sell-off

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg (left) and former Facebook employee Frances Haugen. Matt McClain-Pool/Getty Images/Andrew Harnik/AP Facebook stock fell more than 2% on Tuesday, testing its key 200-day moving average as support.The social media company has fallen 17% from its record high reached on September 1.The decline in shares of Facebook was accelerated by the allegations from a whistleblower.Sign up here for our daily newsletter, 10 Things Before the Opening Bell.Facebook stock fell more...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Congress, Trends, Markets, Stock Market, Technical Analysis, Andrew Harnik, Matthew Fox, AP Facebook, Haugen, Facebook Stock, Mover, Facebook Stock Price


‘She opens the app and gets bombarded’: parents on Instagram, teens and eating disorders

Mothers describe their daughters’ dangerous experiences after whistleblower Frances Haugen’s testimonyEarly in the Covid-19 pandemic, Michelle noticed her teenage daughters were spending substantially more time on Instagram.The girls were feeling isolated and bored during lockdown, the Arizona mom, who has asked to only be identified by her first name to maintain her children’s privacy, recalled. She hoped social media could be a way for them to remain connected with their friends and community....
Tags: Facebook, Technology, Instagram, Social Networking, Social Media, Society, US news, Mental Health, Eating Disorders, Anorexia, Arizona, Michelle, Frances Haugen


A second Facebook whistleblower says she's willing to testify before Congress, and that she's shared documents with a US law agency

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. AP Photo/Mark Lennihan Former Facebook employee Sophie Zhang is willing to testify before Congress, she told CNN. Zhang said she'd shared documenation about "potential criminal violations" with a US law enforcement agency. Zhang publicly criticized Facebook in a 7,800-word memo after she was fired in 2020. Sophie Zhang, a former Facebook data scientist who went public with her criticisms of the company in September 2020, has told CNN she is willing to test...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, News, Instagram, Congress, US, Trends, Cnn, Fbi, Whistleblower, Zhang, MIT Technology Review, Tech Insider, Haugen, Isobel Asher Hamilton, Sophie Zhang


Facebook will 'nudge' teenagers away from harmful content and tell them to 'take a break' from Instagram

Facebook, headed by CEO Mark Zuckerberg, is planning to "nudge" teens away from harmful content. Andrew Harnik/AP Facebook is set to "nudge" teens away from harmful content, an exec told CNN's State of the Union. Facebook is also going to tell teenagers to "take a break" from Instagram, Nick Clegg said. It follows lawmakers scrutinizing how Facebook and Instagram affects young people's mental health. A Facebook executive said on Sunday that the company was planning to introduce new...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, US, Trends, Cnn, Capitol Hill, Wall Street Journal, Clegg, Andrew Harnik, AP Facebook, Nick Clegg Facebook, Kate Duffy, Union Facebook, Instagram Kids, Frances Haugen


Facebook VP Suggests a Fix: a Prompt Urging Teen Instagram Users to 'Take a Break' (slashdot)

"Facebook is trying to mend its reputation in the wake of whisleblower Frances Haugen's testimony," reports Engadget, "and that includes promises of features lessening the potential harm for teens." CNN and Reuters report that Facebook Global Affairs VP Nick Clegg promised Instagram would introduce a "take a break" feature that encouraged teens to simply stop using the social network for a while. Clegg didn't say when it would be ready, but this was clearly meant to reduce addiction and other...
Tags: Facebook, News, Instagram, Cnn, Nick Clegg, Reuters, Engadget, Clegg, Facebook VP, EditorDavid, Frances Haugen, Facebook Global Affairs VP, Reuters Clegg


Facebook VP Suggests a Fix: a Prompt Urging Teen Instagram Users to 'Take a Break'

"Facebook is trying to mend its reputation in the wake of whisleblower Frances Haugen's testimony," reports Engadget, "and that includes promises of features lessening the potential harm for teens." CNN and Reuters report that Facebook Global Affairs VP Nick Clegg promised Instagram would introduce a "take a break" feature that encouraged teens to simply stop using the social network for a while. Clegg didn't say when it would be ready, but this was clearly meant to reduce addiction and other...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, Tech, Cnn, Nick Clegg, Reuters, Engadget, Clegg, Facebook VP, Frances Haugen, Facebook Global Affairs VP, Reuters Clegg


Facebook exec Nick Clegg said he couldn't give a 'yes or no answer' on whether its algorithms boosted insurrection sentiments ahead of Jan. 6 riot

20 January 2020, Bavaria, Munich: Nick Clegg, Head of Policy at Facebook, speaks on stage during the DLD (Digital Life Design) innovation conference. Clegg has defended the decision to stick to advertising with political content, unlike Twitter and Google. Lino Mirgeler A Facebook executive told CNN he couldn't give "a yes or no answer" when asked whether its algorithms amplified pro-insurrection voices leading up to January 6. A Facebook whistleblower testified before Congress last we...
Tags: Facebook, Politics, Instagram, Congress, Senate, Trends, Cnn, Nick Clegg, Capitol, Congressional, Adam Schiff, Dana Bash, Clegg, Tech Insider, Bavaria Munich, Haugen


Facebook exec Nick Clegg called Big Tobacco comparisons 'extremely misleading' but said the company needs to be 'held to account' after whistleblower testimony

Facebook executive Nick Clegg defended Facebook amid mounting scrutiny during an appearance on ABC News' "This Week.". ABC News/This Week Facebook executive Nick Clegg on Sunday defended the company against comparisons to Big Tobacco. The social-media giant has been under intense scrutiny after a former employee publicly criticized the company. While he defended the company, Clegg admitted Facebook needed to be "held to account." Nick Clegg, who works as the vice president for global...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Politics, Instagram, Congress, Senate, Trends, Nick Clegg, Cbs, Silicon Valley, Richard Blumenthal, Yahoo News, Clegg, Big Tobacco, Big Tech, Tech Insider


Facebook is a menace to children. Maybe Congress will finally take action.

Facebook has come under fire for it's research on how Facebook’s Instagram service harms young people Xinhua News Agency/Getty Images Whistleblower Frances Haugen testified to Congress that Facebook knew its products harm children. After the testimony calls for regulating the company are receiving bipartisan support. Tech Critic Noam Cohen writes that the hearings might finally force Washington to regulate Facebook. By Facebook's own count, its executives have testified before C...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, Congress, Washington, US, Trends, Myanmar, Louisiana, Bill Cassidy, Wall Street Journal, Andrew Bosworth, Zuckerberg, Sen Richard Blumenthal D Conn, Bosworth, Blumenthal, Markey


Facebook Ads Are the Most Noticeable

Source: StatistaMore than half of the participants in a Statista Global Consumer Survey identify Facebook as a platform where advertisements are prominent and noticeable. When taking its subsidiary Instagram into consideration, the gap of obvious versus subtle ad delivery between Facebook products and competitor sites like TikTok and Twitter seems even larger. U.S. respondents in particular thought of Facebook and Instagram as the platforms with the most noticeable ads, with a share of 64 and...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, UK, Instagram, Germany, Ad, Radio, United States, United Kingdom, Statista, Senate Commerce, General Interest, Statista Global Consumer Survey, Frances Haugen, StatistaMore


"Facebook, whistleblower Frances Haugen says of her former employer, is this generation’s Big Tobacco, 'hooking kids' on its products and lying about its business practices...."

"'It’s just like cigarettes,' Haugen said this week in testimony before a Senate Commerce subcommittee. 'Teenagers don’t have good self-regulation. They say explicitly, "I feel bad when I use Instagram, and yet I can’t stop."'... Society doesn’t have an interest in keeping children away from these technologies entirely as it does with cigarettes; rather, there is a public interest in preventing predatory targeting of minors and a countervailing interest in protecting free expression and encourag...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, Smoking, Law, Congress, Society, Addiction, Big Tobacco, Senate Commerce, James Hohmann, Ann Althouse, Analogies, Hohmann, Haugen, Frances Haugen


Where does Facebook go from here?

Let’s be really generous to Facebook and assume that 50% of what Frances Haugen just testified to before Congress was misconstrued in some way.Regardless, Facebook will argue their case (as they always do), deny everything (as they always do) and claim that no one really understands them (as they always do). Everyone will view whatever they say with extreme skepticism, and nothing will change.Maybe Facebook doesn’t care. Maybe the possibility of a repeal of their liability protection from...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Europe, Instagram, Congress, California, Washington, China, Tech, United States, Facebook Instagram, CCPA, Instead Facebook, Haugen, Third Facebook


Teens really hate Facebook and Twitter

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey REUTERS/Anushree Fadnav Twitter and Facebook are teenagers' least favorite social media platforms, a new survey found. Instagram and TikTok were their favorites, and 81% of respondents said they used the former. Teens are assets to social media companies as they seek to recruit more users. See more stories on Insider's business page. The youngsters have spoken, and their verdict? Twitter and Facebook are their least favorite social media platforms.Piper Sand...
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Facebook face plants

This outage comes at a precarious time for Facebook, which is still navigating the fallout of whistleblower Frances Haugen accusing the company of prioritising profits over combating misinformation and hate The post Facebook face plants appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, World, Whatsapp, Openaccess, Top Six, Frances Haugen


Ad agencies are becoming increasingly emboldened to slam Facebook

Hello and welcome back to Insider Advertising, your weekly look at the biggest stories and trends affecting Madison Avenue and beyond. I'm Lara O'Reilly, Insider's media and advertising editor. If this was forwarded to you, sign up here.Happy Q4 to you and yours. Wishing you good tidings, and may you deplete your annual marketing budget freely and avoid any major platform outages.Before you fire up the DSP, let's get you up to speed with this week's biggest advertising news:T...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Senate, Advertising, Disney, US, Trends, Diageo, Fox, New York Times, Piers Morgan, Clint Eastwood, Nbcuniversal


This is a teenager's brain on Instagram

Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen says Instagram can lead young people down a negative spiral -- one they are ill-equipped to get out of. Experts say that's because the adolescent brain is still developing and the excessive social media use could have long-term consequences. CNN's Clare Sebastian reports.
Tags: Facebook, News, Instagram, Cnn, Stories, Clare Sebastian, Frances Haugen


Facebook is reportedly holding off on new product launches that could hurt its reputation after a brutal few weeks

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in New York City on Friday, Oct. 25, 2019. AP Photo/Mark Lennihan Facebook is holding off on some product launches to conduct "reputational reviews" first. The Wall Street Journal reports that the company wants to examine if products could invite new criticism. The report comes after a whistleblower testified over claims against the company this week. See more stories on Insider's business page. Facebook is holding off on new product launches so it can surv...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, News, Instagram, Congress, Senate, New York City, Trends, Social Media, Wall Street Journal, Journal, Tech Companies, Tech Insider, Haugen, Facebook Files, Andy Stone


Mark Zuckerberg says whistleblower's claims that Facebook places profit over people 'don't make any sense.' Read his full response to the whistleblower's testimony.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in Washington D.C. on Oct. 23, 2019. Andrew Harnik/AP Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen testified before Congress on Tuesday. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg responded to the hearing with a 1,300-word statement. Zuckerberg said multiple claims made during the hearing "don't make any sense." See more stories on Insider's business page. Facebook CEO Zuckerberg has criticized testimony from former Facebook employee Frances Haugen, who told a US Senate com...
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Four takeaways from Facebook whistleblower's complaints

Facebook's week is off to a tumultuous start. On Monday, Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram went down for about six hours. On Tuesday, Frances Haugen, the Facebook whistleblower, testified before a Senate subcommittee, following the release of thousands of pages of internal research and documents.
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, Senate, Cnn, Frances Haugen


"If you ask a young person, it’s something you deal with on a daily basis....You don’t need this research to tell you this."

Said Vicki Harrison, director of the Center for Youth Mental Health and Wellbeing at Stanford, quoted at "Teenage girls say Instagram’s mental health impacts are no surprise" (NYT).  Who needs research? You see what's happening out there, what the kids are saying. It fits so well with what you already intuited.  But there was some "internal research" at Facebook, revealed in the documents the whistle-blower, Frances Haugen, disclosed, supposedly showing that "Instagram made body-image issue...
Tags: Psychology, Facebook, Instagram, Law, Stanford, Teenagers, Wall Street Journal, Ann Althouse, Vicki Harrison, Frances Haugen, Center for Youth Mental Health and Wellbeing, Teen Girls Company Documents Show Its


Facebook Whistleblower Frances Haugen Testifies On Capitol Hill; Tells Senators ‘We Must Act Now’

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Experts say it's 'theoretically possible' the Facebook outage was connected to a whistleblower's bombshell claims against the company - but not likely

Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen testifies to senate committee Matt McClain-Pool/Getty Images Hours after an interview with a Facebook whistleblower aired, the firm suffered a widespread outage. Experts told Insider the two events likely aren't connected and are merely a "coincidence." But they also said it's "theoretically possible," and hackers could have attacked to "make a point." See more stories on Insider's business page. Facebook and its carousel of apps suffered a...
Tags: Facebook, News, Instagram, Congress, Trends, Social Media, Cbs, Tech Companies, Outage, Lloyd, Das, Tech Insider, Ryan Lloyd, Adam Mosseri, Haugen, Matt McClain


Facebook's week of scandals has made it easier than ever to argue for its downfall - here's why the whistleblower still thinks it shouldn't be broken up

Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen testifies to senate committee Matt McClain-Pool/Getty Images Facebook's chaotic outage Monday revealed its outsized grip on users around the world. The next day, whistleblower Frances Haugen testified to US lawmakers after leaking internal documents. Here's why the whistleblower doesn't Facebook should be broken up. See more stories on Insider's business page. The past two days have provided nothing but ammo for Facebook critics. On M...
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