A former Facebook employee told U.S. lawmakers that the company’s sites and apps “hurt kids, incite division and undermine our democracy”
A 37-year-old former Facebook product manager, turned whistleblower, Frances Haugen heavily criticized the company at a hearing located in Capitol Hill.
Facebook faces growing scrutiny and increasing calls for it to be controlled by the government.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg back, claiming the recent coverage painted a “wrong picture” of the social media company.
In a letter to company staff, he said many of the claims were “irrelevant”, pointing to their efforts to combat harmful content, establish transparency, and create “a primary research program that leads to industry under this important issue ”.
“We care about issues like safety, well -being and mental health,” he said in the letter, which was made public on his Facebook page. “It’s hard to see the scope of misrepresentation of our work and our motives.”
It’s over Mark Zuckerberg apologizes for “disruption” caused after social media services went down almost six hours. The billionaire apologized after an internal technical issue took Facebook, Messenger, Whatsapp and Instagram offline around 16:00 GMT on Monday.
Facebook is the most popular social media platform in the world. The company says it has 2.7 billion monthly active users. Hundreds of millions of people around the world also use the company’s other products, including apps WhatsApp and Instagram.
But it has been criticized for many things, from failing to protect the privacy of their users, to not doing enough to stop the spread of disinformation.
On Sunday, Ms. Haugen told CBS News that she shared several internal documents on Facebook Wall Street Journal over the past few weeks.
Using the documents, the WSJ reported that research conducted by Instagram showed that the app can harm girls ’mental health.
This was a theme that Ms Haugen continued during her testimony on Tuesday. “The company ‘s leadership knows how to make Facebook and Instagram safer, but will not make the necessary changes because they put their astronomical income before the people, ”she said.
He criticized Mark Zuckerberg for having a broad degree of control, saying “no one is currently accountable to Mark but himself.”
And he praised the massive outage of Facebook services that happened on Monday, affecting users around the world.
“Yesterday we saw Facebook taken over the internet,” he said. “I don’t know why it went down, but I know that for more than five hours, Facebook hasn’t been used to deepen divisions, destroy democracy and make girls and women feel bad about their bodies.”
It’s over Prime Minister denies the UK is in crisis because both labor shortages and supply issues continue to affect the country. Amid the shortfalls, the PM said the economy was facing “the stresses and strains you expect from a giant awakening” after COVID-19.
The answer, he told senators, would be congressional oversightt “We must act now,” he said.
Mark Zuckerberg, in his letter, said that research on Instagram is a misidentification of personality and many of the world’s young people have had positive experiences using the social media platform. But he said “it’s very important to me that everything we build is safe and good for kids”.
In Monday’s loss, he said the deeper concern was not “how many people switched to competitive services or how much money we lost, but what it means for those who hope in our services to communicate with loved ones, run their businesses, or support their communities ”.