Facebook Whistleblower Presses Case with British Lawmakers
October 26, 2021
Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen told British lawmakers Monday that
the social media giant "unquestionably" amplifies online hate.
In testimony to a parliamentary committee in London, the former Facebook
employee echoed what she told U.S. senators earlier this month.
Haugen said the media giant fuels online hate and extremism and does not
have any incentive to change its algorithm to promote less divisive
She argued that as a result, Facebook may end up sparking more violent
unrest around the world.
Haugen said the algorithm Facebook has designed to promote more
engagement among users “prioritizes and amplifies divisive and
polarizing extreme content” as well as concentrates it.
Facebook did not respond to Haugen's testimony Monday. Earlier this
month, Haugen addressed a Senate committee and said the company is
harmful. Facebook rejected her accusations.
"The argument that we deliberately push content that makes people angry
for profit is deeply illogical," said Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
Haugen’s testimony comes as a coalition of new organizations Monday
began publishing stories on Facebook’s practices based on internal
company documents that Haugen secretly copied and made public.
is a former Facebook product manager who has turned whistleblower.
Earlier this month when Haugen addressed U.S. lawmakers, she argued that
a federal regulator was needed to oversee large internet companies like
British lawmakers are considering creating such a national regulator as
part of a proposed online safety bill. The legislation also proposes
fining companies like Facebook up to 10% of their global revenue for any
violations of government policies.
Representatives from Facebook and other social media companies are set
to address British lawmakers on Thursday.
Haugen is scheduled to meet with European Union policymakers in Brussels