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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...
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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 claims test SEC’s reach

In one whistleblower tip provided to the SEC, Ms. Haugen and her lawyers wrote that Facebook made “Multiple material misstatements and omissions on the question of whether Facebook and Instagram impact teenage users,” according to a copy seen by the Journal. Two years ago Facebook agreed to pay $100 million to the SEC to resolve allegations that it didn’t disclose the misuse of user data by consulting firm Cambridge Analytica. Another reason for the SEC to look into the Facebook claims, lawyers ...
Tags: Facebook, Business, News, Instagram, SEC, Haugen, Cambridge Analytica Another


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


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 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, 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...
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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


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


10 things in tech you need to know today

Matt McClain-Pool/Getty Images Good morning and welcome to 10 Things in Tech. If this was forwarded to you, sign up here. ​​Plus, download Insider's app for news on the go - click here for iOS and here for Android.Let's get started.1. Facebook's whistleblower testified that "the buck stops with Mark." Frances Haugen told a Senate committee that there's no one currently holding Zuckerberg accountable - but that a federal oversight board could keep Facebook in check.But Ha...
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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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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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The most important moments from the Facebook whistleblower's testimony: 'The buck stops with Mark'

Former Facebook employee and whistleblower Frances Haugen arrives to testify before a Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation hearing on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021, in Washington. Drew Angerer/Pool via AP Former Facebook employee and whistleblower Frances Haugen testified before Congress Tuesday. The hearing comes after she leaked internal documents showing the company's controversial practices. She testified that Facebook prioritized profits over stopping ...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Politics, News, Instagram, Congress, Senate, Massachusetts, Trends, Social Media, Capitol Hill, MSI, Wall Street Journal, Tech Companies, Mark, Richard Blumenthal


Senator says Facebook will 'haunt a generation' and blasts Mark Zuckerberg for going sailing during whistleblower hearing

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, left, and Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) Michael Macor/The San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images; Ken Cedeno-Pool/Getty Images Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal criticized Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday. Blumenthal said Facebook's inaction on Instagram's effect on teens will "haunt a generation." "Zuckerberg's new policy is no apologies, no admissions, no acknowledgement," he said. See more stories on Insider's business page. In...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Politics, Instagram, Congress, Senate, Trends, Bloomberg, Getty Images, Connecticut, Silicon Valley, Securities And Exchange Commission, Zuckerberg, Richard Blumenthal, San Francisco Chronicle, Duke Ellington


US Lawmakers Demand Facebook Probes; Whistleblower Says Children Harmed

U.S. lawmakers pounded Facebook on Tuesday, accusing CEO Mark Zuckerberg of pushing for higher profits while being cavalier about user safety and they demanded regulators investigate whistleblower accusations that the social media company harms children and stokes divisions. Reuters: Coming a day after Facebook and its units including Instagram suffered a major outage, whistleblower Frances Haugen testified in a congressional hearing that "for more than five hours Facebook wasn't used to deepen ...
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The most important moments from the Facebook whistleblower's testimony

Former Facebook employee and whistleblower Frances Haugen arrives to testify before a Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation hearing on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021, in Washington. Drew Angerer/Pool via AP Former Facebook employee and whistleblower Frances Haugen will testify before Congress Tuesday. The hearing comes after she leaked internal documents showing the company's controversial practices. She's expected to testify that Facebook prioritized pro...
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Facebook's whistleblower is testifying before Congress - here are the most important moments so far

Whistleblower Frances Haugen in a 60 Minutes interview on October 3 said that Facebook had not done enough to halt the spread of misinformation. CBS News Former Facebook employee and whistleblower Frances Haugen will testify before Congress Tuesday. The hearing comes after she leaked internal documents showing the company's controversial practices. She's expected to testify that Facebook prioritized profits over stopping extremism and division. See more stories on Insider's bus...
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10 things in tech you need to know today

Drew Angerer/Getty Images Good morning and welcome to 10 Things in Tech. If this was forwarded to you, sign up here. ​​Plus, download Insider's app for news on the go - click here for iOS and here for Android.Let's get started.1. Facebook had a rough day yesterday. Following whistleblower Frances Haugen's interview on 60 Minutes (watch a clip here), Mark Zuckerberg's net worth took a nosedive, dipping by $7 billion in a matter of hours. What's behind the nosedive: A ...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, Instagram, Microsoft, Congress, China, US, Newsletter, Trends, Tech, Tesla, Alibaba, Jeff Bezos, Owen Wilson


Facebook’s global outage adds to its many recent woes | First Thing

Billions of users found Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp inaccessible, prompting a company apology. Plus, the world according to Stevie Van ZandtGood morning.Facebook had a terrible day on Monday. The social media company experienced one of the worst outages in its history, leaving users around the world unable to access its platforms, including Instagram and WhatsApp, for several hours.What did Mark Zuckerberg say about the outage? He apologized on Facebook once the website was back online, but...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Congress, US news, Associated Press, Facebook Instagram, Haugen, Stevie Van ZandtGood, Sara Tartof


Facebook, Instagram Crash Worldwide, Social Media Giant ‘Apologizes For Inconvenience’

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This 13-minute video of a Facebook whistleblower is one of the most clearly articulated arguments against Facebook you'll see

Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen on 60 Minutes SCOTT PELLEY/MARIA GAVRILOVIC/ALEX ORTIZ Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen revealed her identity on "60 Minutes" this Sunday. Haugen secretly copied thousands of pages of internal documents she says show Facebook prioritizing "profit over safety." Watch this 13-minute interview clip to hear one of the most clearly articulated arguments against Facebook. See more stories on Insider's business page. The Facebook whistleblower who ...
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Facebook ‘tearing our societies apart’: key excerpts from a whistleblower

Frances Haugen tells US news show why she decided to reveal inside story about social networking firmFrances Haugen’s interview with the US news programme 60 Minutes contained a litany of damning statements about Facebook. Haugen, a former Facebook employee who had joined the company to help it combat misinformation, told the CBS show the tech firm prioritised profit over safety and was “tearing our societies apart”.Haugen will testify in Washington on Tuesday, as political pressure builds on Fa...
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10 Things in Politics: Rise of media-savvy congressman backing Biden

Welcome back to 10 Things in Politics. Sign up here to receive this newsletter. Plus, download Insider's app for news on the go - click here for iOS and here for Android. Send tips to [email protected]'s what we're talking about:How a freshman congressman is winning friends and influencing enemies in Biden's WashingtonJapan has a new prime minister8 things that stand out from the Pete Buttigieg documentaryWith Phil Rosen. Rep. Jake Auchincloss has become one of the ...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Japan, Instagram, Supreme Court, Putin, Vladimir Putin, California, Washington Post, Washington, White House, Massachusetts, US, Trends, Joe Biden


Whistleblower says a Facebook study found only up to 5% of hate on the platform is addressed

Facebook logo is seen displayed on a phone screen in photo taken in Poland on November 29, 2020. Jakub Porzycki/NurPhoto via Getty Images A Facebook whistleblower copied thousands of internal documents before quitting in May. Last month, Frances Haugen's knowledge was part of The Wall Street Journal's Facebook Files series. CBS reported that one study said Facebook only addressed 3-5% of hate on its platform. See more stories on Insider's business page. Documents copied by Fac...
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Facebook's internal research found its Instagram platform contributes to eating disorders and suicidal thoughts in teenage girls, whistleblower says

One of Facebook's internal studies retrieved by whistleblower Frances Haugen found that 17% of teen girls say Instagram makes eating disorders worse. Adolescent Content/Ella Fields/Getty Images Whistleblower Frances Haugen gathered internal documents from Facebook before submitting her resignation. The company's own research says that Instagram harms teenagers, Haugen said on "60 Minutes." Facebook bought the Instagram platform in 2012 for $1 billion. See more stories on Insider...
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