Former Facebook employee exposes Zuckerberg
The co-founder and CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, has rejected claims that Facebook has been prioritizing profits
at the expense of its users’ safety and security.
#Facebook WB Frances #Haugen : “The kids that are on Instagram, the bullying follows them home. Into their bedrooms. The last thing they see before they go to bed is someone being cruel…Think about how that’s going to impact their domestic relationships”pic.twitter.com/3tJadskPRq
— Dena Grayson, MD, PhD (@DrDenaGrayson) October 5, 2021
These allegations come after former employee, Frances Haugen, who joined the company in 2019 as a manager exposed the apps technical workings.
Haugen has appeared before the US Security Exchange Commission (SEC) to testify that she collected thousands of internal documents from Facebook research, showing how Instagram has become toxic
to young people.
“Facebook has realized that if they change the algorithm to be safer, people will spend less time on the site, they’ll click on less ads, they’ll make less money,” says Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen. https://t.co/wbxxfgorNE pic.twitter.com/zpQIwcdatr
— 60 Minutes (@60Minutes) October 3, 2021
Haugen further stated that Facebook algorithms put profits above moral responsibility.
“The company rules, favored elites; its algorithms foster discord. Drug cartels and human traffickers use their services openly. I am here today because I believe Facebook products harm children, stoke division, and weaken our democracy, and they’re ignoring that research,” she said.
WATCH: Haugen’s opening statement http://https://youtu.be/L3cG3cLXHfk
Mark Zuckerberg, challenged Haugen’s theory and in a post on his Facebook account, posted a lengthy reply, in which he lambasted the findings.
“Many claims do not make sense. If we wanted to ignore research, why would we create an industry-leading research program to understand these important issues in the first place,” asked Zuckerberg.
At the accusation of prioritizing profits over the security of its users, Mark said that statement has not been supported with tangible evidence.
“At the heart of the allegation is the idea that we prioritize profits over safety and well-being. That is not true. For example, one move that has been called into question was when we introduced the meaningful social interaction change to News Feed. This change showed fewer viral videos and more content from friends and
family- which we did know would mean people spent less time on Facebook. But the research suggested it was the right thing for people’s well -being,” Zuckerberg explained.
Haugen was commended and hailed a modern day hero for her unwavering testimony and in exposing Facebook without fear or holding back, in attempts to protect the company’s image.
“You are a twenty-first century American hero,” Senator Ed Markey told her. “Our nation owes you a huge debt of gratitude for the courage you’re showing here today.”