The 37-year-old whistleblower named Frances Haugen liberated “tens of thousands” of pages of documents from Facebook and even plans to testify to Congress at some point this week. Haugen has filed at least eight complaints with the SEC alleging that Facebook has lied to shareholders about its own product.
Fundamentally, Haugen alleges there’s a key conflict between what’s good for Facebook and what’s good for society at large. At the end of the day, things that are good for Facebook tend to be bad for the world we live in, according to Haugen. We’ve pulled out some of the most interesting tidbits from Sunday’s interview that highlight this central point.
1) Facebook’s algorithm intentionally shows users things to make them angry
2) Facebook is worse than most other social media companies
3) Facebook dissolved its Civic Integrity unit after the 2020 election and before the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection
4) Political parties in Europe ran negative ads because it was the only way to reach people on Facebook
5) Facebook only identifies a tiny fraction of hate and misinformation on the platform
6) Instagram is making kids miserable
7) Employees at Facebook aren’t necessarily evil, they just have perverse incentives
8) Haugen even has empathy for Zuck for some stupid reason
9) Haugen believes she’s covered by whistleblower laws, but we’ll see
RTFA. If you’re interested in Facebook. I only maintain a listing of posts on this blog over there because of the traffic it represents. I’ve been online since the early 90’s…like and appreciate the level of communication and information sources that have developed over the years on the Web. Facebook doesn’t offer the best of anything, IMHO.