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Two Facebook whistleblowers have publicly attacked the company this year. Here's how their claims overlap.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Drew Angerer/Getty Images Two Facebook whistleblowers, Sophie Zhang and Frances Haugen, have publicly criticised the company in 2021. Zhang told Insider she sees a common link between their criticisms of the company - profit. Both whistleblowers say Facebook under-resources countries it doesn't consider important. Facebook has been rocked by a public relations nightmare after whistleblower Frances Haugen leaked internal documents to The Wall Street Journal...
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Facebook claims it uses AI to identify and remove posts containing hate speech and violence, but the technology doesn't really work, report says

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images Facebook's artificial intelligence removes less than 5% of hate speech viewed on the social media platform. A new report from the Wall Street Journal details flaws in the platform's strategy to remove harmful content. Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen said that the company dangerously relies on AI and algorithms. Facebook claims it uses artificial intelligence to identify and remove posts containing hate speech and violen...
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Facebook is fighting to keep records of its own investigation into the genocide of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar out of court

Drew Angerer/Getty Images Facebook is appealing a request for internal records linked to a Myanmar genocide case, filings show. It's the latest development in a legal battle regarding Facebook's role in genocidal violence. The company said sharing users' private content would create "grave human rights concerns of its own." Facebook on Wednesday challenged part of a judge's order that would require the tech giant to release internal documents and private user content co...
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Opinion: Facebook isn't the only problem

Frances Haugen's spellbinding testimony before Congress last week riveted the attention of lawmakers and the country. She claimed that Facebook's own research found that the platform is harmful to teenage girls and amplifies dangerous speech that has led to violence and death, but those findings were ignored or buried. The testimony — which CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said created a "false picture of the company" — followed her explosive whistleblowing of how Facebook prioritizes engagement over saf...
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‘Insufficient and very defensive’: how Nick Clegg became the fall guy for Facebook’s failures

After election humiliation and Brexit, the former UK deputy prime minister swapped Westminster for a £2.7m job in Silicon Valley. The catch? Serving as the public face of the crisis-hit companyOn Sunday, Nick Clegg did a succession of interviews with some of the US’s biggest TV news shows. In his role as Facebook’s vice-president for global affairs and communications, he was defending his company after weeks of headlines about its latest crisis – this time involving Frances Haugen, a Facebook st...
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Facebook told staff it would seal off some internal message boards to prevent leaking. The change was immediately leaked.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Tobias Hase/picture alliance via Getty Images Facebook is restricting access to some staff message boards to prevent leaks. Facebook said some boards that relate to platform safety would be made private, The New York Times reported. Last week, Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen testified before Congress. Facebook told employees on Tuesday it would restrict access to some internal message boards to prevent leaks, The New York Times first reported on Wednesda...
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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...
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'The most powerful person who's ever walked the face of the earth': How Mark Zuckerberg's stranglehold on Facebook could put the company at risk

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Getty Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has 55% of the company's voting shares, giving him majority power. Experts say it's "a bad idea" for one person to hold so much control of a behemoth like Facebook. The notion is more profound given leaked docs that show Facebook's dismissal of its societal harm. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg holds 55% of voting shares in the company, former employee and whistleblower Frances Haugen brought up in front of Congress ...
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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 ...
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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...
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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...
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Top Stories this PM: Merck requests authorization for anti-COVID pill; Facebook Oversight Board to meet with whistleblower

Good afternoon. Here are the top stories so far today.For more daily and weekly briefings, sign up for our newsletters here.What happened today:Merck requests authorization for anti-COVID pill. Merck submitted an application for emergency use authorization to the FDA for its COVID-19 antiviral pill, the company said Monday. If authorized, the drug, called molnupiravir, would become the first oral antiviral treatment for COVID-19. Molnupiravir, jointly developed by Merck and Ridgeback Biotherapeu...
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Facebook's Oversight Board says it will meet with whistleblower Frances Haugen in a 'push for greater transparency and accountability'

The Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen testifying to a Senate committee. Matt McClain-Pool/Getty Images Facebook's Oversight Board said it will meet with whistleblower Frances Haugen in the coming weeks. Haugen said, "Facebook has lied to the board repeatedly, and I am looking forward to sharing the truth." She has leaked thousands of pages of internal documents and testified about Facebook's policies. Facebook's independent "Supreme Court" will meet with company whistleblow...
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Facebook whistleblower to brief Facebook Oversight Board, U.K. parliament

"Facebook has lied to the board repeatedly, and I am looking forward to sharing the truth with them," Haugen tweeted.
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Mark Zuckerberg discussed Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen at length during an internal meeting - but never mentioned her by name, a report says

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg never mentioned the company whistleblower, Frances Haugen, by name during a staff question-and-answer session, The NYT reported. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg spoke about whistleblower Frances Haugen with staff, the NYT reported. Zuckerberg spoke for about 20 minutes and said some of Haugen's claims were "easy to debunk," per The Times. But he never mentioned Haugen by name, The Times reported. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg spoke...
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Facebook coached employees on how to talk to their friends and family following the whistleblower hearing, a report says

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg (left) and former Facebook employee Frances Haugen. Matt McClain-Pool/Getty Images/Andrew Harnik/AP Facebook told staff how they should speak to their families about criticism of the company, The NYT reports. A memo reportedly gave staff talking points, including denying that Facebook puts profit over people. It follows former Facebook employee Frances Haugen testifying before Congress last week. Facebook coached employees on how to talk to their loved ones abo...
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The regulation of social media can be an opportunity for India

If social media networks come to be mandated to monitor user content as part of the ongoing scrutiny by the world’s governments, the world will need millions of censors in the coming years. The demand for “a person above the common measure, both studious, learned, and judicious” is not restricted to just content moderators for social media companies. Haugen’s testimony to the US Congress last week contained nothing we didn’t already know, but it is nevertheless an important milestone in the grow...
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Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal says Facebook is 'proffering more talk & crocodile tears' after executive defends the company following whistle blower report

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg (L). Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) Michael Macor/The San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images; Ken Cedeno-Pool/Getty Images Last week, a whistleblower said Facebook doesn't address harmful content because of profits. On Sunday, a Facebook executive defended the company in several interviews. Sen. Blumenthal doubled down on analogies that the company is similar to Big Tobacco. Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal said Facebook is "proffering...
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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...
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'SNL' sketch on Facebook whistleblower hearing pokes fun at US senators' disconnect with social media

SNL's Heidi Gardner portrayed Facebook Whistleblower Frances Haugen on Oct. 9 show NBC/ YouTube "Saturday Night Live" opened its show mocking the Facebook whistleblower hearing in DC this week. Cast members portrayed former Facebook employee Frances Haugen, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and various US senators. Haugen testified at a hearing this week criticizing Facebook's negative impacts on society. "Saturday Night Live" proves once again that Silicon Valley drama isn't off-l...
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Facebook: Nick Clegg avoids questions on whistleblower Haugen’s testimony

Facebook executive wouldn’t say if he believed platform bore responsibility for amplifying baseless claims of stolen electionFrances Haugen: Facebook whistleblower – and modern hero?The Facebook executive Nick Clegg took a damage-limitation tour of US political talkshows on Sunday, but remained evasive over questions about the social media giant’s contribution to the deadly attack on the US Capitol on 6 January this year.The former British deputy prime minister, now Facebook vice-president of gl...
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Former Facebook Staffers React to Company's Unapologetic Response to Whistleblower

"Facebook's efforts to undermine the testimony of whistleblower Frances Haugen began before she even left the Senate Commerce Committee hearing room Tuesday," reports Protocol.com: "Just pointing out the fact that @FrancesHaugen did not work on child safety or Instagram or research these issues and has no direct knowledge of the topic from her work at Facebook," spokesperson Andy Stone said in a tweet that ended up being read aloud by Republican Sen. Marsha Blackburn, during the hearing. Another...
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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...
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Frances Haugen takes on Facebook: the making of a modern US hero

In her explosive Senate testimony, the former employee exposed how the tech giant puts profit before the public goodThe journey from disillusioned ex-employee to modern-day heroine took Frances Haugen less than five months. The 37-year-old logged out of Facebook’s company network for the last time in May and last week was being publicly lauded a “21st-century American hero” on Washington’s Capitol Hill.That journey was paved with tens of thousands of internal documents, taken from Facebook’s int...
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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...
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EXPLAINER: Could Facebook Sue Whistleblower Frances Haugen?

Facebook has recently taken a harsher tone toward whistleblower Frances Haugen, suggesting that the social network could be considering legal retaliation after Haugen went public with internal research that she copied before leaving her job earlier this year.
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‘Welcome to the party’: five past tech whistleblowers on the pitfalls of speaking out

Frances Haugen, the Facebook whistleblower, joined a growing list of Silicon Valley former employees to call out company policiesWhen Frances Haugen revealed she was the Facebook whistleblower who supplied internal documents to Congress and the Wall Street Journal, she joined a growing list of current and former Silicon Valley employees who’ve come forward to call out military contracts, racism, sexism, contributions to climate crisis, pay disparities and more in the industry.In the past days, t...
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SCOTT GALLOWAY: Digital ads need a warning label like cigarettes, and their algorithms should be taxed

Galloway says social media is addictive and deserves warning labels, just like cigarettes. Superb Images/Getty Images Scott Galloway is a bestselling author and professor of marketing at NYU Stern. The following is a recent blog post, republished with permission, that originally ran on his blog "No Mercy / No Malice." In it, Galloway talks about fraud in the harmful effects of fraud in the digital ad business. If Edward Snowden was injected with a megadose of Super Soldier Serum, he'...
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"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...
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