A former Facebook employee who leaked thousands of personal internal documents was revealed during an interview on “60 Minutes” on Sunday night.
Frances Hausen, a product-year-old former product manager on Facebook, identified herself as a whistleblower who leaked information to the Wall Street Journal’s investigation into the bombing and filed a complaint with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Complaints have surfaced that Facebook is hiding its flaws in stopping hate speech and misinformation on its app to investors and the public.
“The thing I’ve seen repeatedly on Facebook is a conflict of interest between what’s good for the public and what’s good for Facebook, and Facebook has repeatedly chosen to optimize for its own interests, such as making more money,” Hausen correspondent Scott Pelli told “60 Minutes.”
Hausen alleges that Facebook is aware of problems in its apps, including the spread of racial violence and encounters with young girls on Instagram, but that agencies lie about its progress in tackling the problems.
“When we live in an information environment that is full of anger, hatred, polarization, it erodes our civic trust, erodes our trust in each other, destroys our ability to take care of each other. The current version of Facebook It is tearing our society apart and creating ethnic violence around the world, ”Hagen said.
He added that Facebook prefers to show optimized content for engagement from users, but research shows that content is generally hateful and ready to provoke anger. Hausen plans to testify before Congress this week: “Facebook has proven that they cannot act independently. Facebook has repeatedly shown that it chooses profit over security. It is subsidizing, it is paying for its profit with our security. I am hopeful that it will have a big impact on the world that they will get the firm regulation and motivation that actually enforces those rules. This is my hope. ”
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Watch the “60 Minutes” interview below.