News Desk: Facebook is harming children, inciting divisions, and undermining democracy – a former employee of the organization has complained to US lawmakers.
Frances Haugen, a 37-year-old Facebook product manager, has recently leaked many of Facebook’s internal documents to the media about the role of the ‘whistleblower’, citing the negative role of the social media platform.
Haugen slammed Facebook during a Capitol Hill hearing on Tuesday, according to a BBC report.
Facebook is the most popular social media in the world. Their monthly active users are 260 crores.
In recent years, the company has been accused of failing to protect user privacy and failing to take the necessary steps to prevent rumors.
In an interview with CBS News on Sunday, Haugen said he had given the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) a number of internal documents on Facebook.
Based on those documents, the WSJ report said that a study conducted on Instagram showed that using the app could harm the mental health of young girls.
Haugen also testified in a Senate hearing on Tuesday.
He said, “The company leadership knows how to keep Facebook and Instagram safe; But they will not make the necessary changes, because they have placed the skyrocketing profit on the people. ”
The former employee of the company also criticized Mark Zuckerberg’s monopoly on Facebook.
Haugen also told the Senate on Monday that he was happy with the disruption on Facebook, Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp around the world.
“Yesterday we saw Facebook disappear from the internet. I don’t know why this happened, but I know that for more than five hours, Facebook has not been used to intensify divisions, destabilize democracy, and humiliate young girls and women with their own bodies, ”she said.
“We need to take action now,” he told Republicans and Democrats at the hearing.
A rare consensus was reached between the senators of both parties at the hearing, Reuters reported.
The members of the upper house of the US Congress also commented on the need for change on Facebook.
Meanwhile, Mark Zuckerberg said that the way various media outlets are now showing Facebook is a ‘wrong picture’.
In a letter to staff, he said most of the allegations against Facebook were “baseless”.
Facebook continues to fight against harmful content, maintains transparency, says the company’s co-founder.
“It’s hard to see coverage misrepresenting our work and purpose,” he said.
Zuckerberg said Instagram’s research was misrepresented. Many young people have had many positive experiences using the platform.
“It’s very important to me that whatever we make is good and safe for children,” he said.
“We weren’t deeply concerned about how many people took the services of our competitors or how much money we lost, but about those who relied on our services to communicate with our loved ones, run businesses or support their communities,” he said.