Whistleblower confirms Facebook’s crap profiteering ideology

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.

5 thoughts on “Whistleblower confirms Facebook’s crap profiteering ideology

  1. Presto-change-o says:

    Social media giant Facebook Inc is planning to rebrand itself with a new name next week, American technology blog the Verge reported on Tuesday, citing a source with direct knowledge of the matter. https://www.aljazeera.com/economy/2021/10/20/facebook-plans-to-rebrand-itself-with-new-name-verge
    Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg may be personally exposed to financial and other penalties if added to a lawsuit linked to the Cambridge Analytica scandal, according to a report.
    Karl Racine, the attorney general for the District of Columbia, plans to add Zuckerberg to a consumer protection lawsuit filed in 2018, the New York Times reported Wednesday. It would be a significant move by a regulator to personally expose the CEO to any penalties associated with the outcome of the case. https://www.barrons.com/articles/mark-zuckerberg-may-be-personally-exposed-in-facebook-privacy-lawsuit-report-says-51634730442
    Facebook–Cambridge Analytica data scandal https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Facebook%E2%80%93Cambridge_Analytica_data_scandal

  2. Profits says:

    “The sister of a slain federal officer is suing Facebook’s parent company Meta, alleging it bears responsibility for her brother’s killing during racial justice protests in 2020.
    Facebook facilitated the hateful far-right “boogaloo” movement, leading an adherent to murder officer Dave Patrick Underwood, the lawsuit filed in a California Superior Court late Wednesday alleges.” https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2022/01/06/facebook-boogaloo-lawsuit/

    “The boogaloo movement, whose adherents are often referred to as boogaloo boys or boogaloo bois, is a loosely organized far-right anti-government extremist movement in the United States. It has also been described as a militia. Adherents say they are preparing for, or seek to incite, a second American Civil War or second American Revolution which they call “the boogaloo” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boogaloo_movement

  3. Tech Giant™ says:

    Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen reportedly filed two new complaints with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) arguing the tech giant misled investors about its efforts to mitigate the spread of misinformation on climate change and COVID-19. https://thehill.com/policy/technology/594910-facebook-whistleblower-alleges-company-misled-investors-on-climate-covid-19
    The allegations build on Haugen’s broader efforts to raise the alarm about her former employer through SEC complaints. The first round of complaints against Facebook were filed in October.
    The new complaints were filed by Whistleblower Aid, a nonprofit representing Haugen, this month, The Washington Post reported.
    The complaints allege Facebook, now under its parent company Meta, made “material misrepresentations and omissions in statements to investors” about efforts to combat misinformation, the Post reported, citing redacted copies of the documents.

  4. Zucker says:

    Major tax filing services such as H&R Block, TaxAct, and TaxSlayer have been quietly transmitting sensitive financial information to Facebook when Americans file their taxes online, The Markup has learned.
    The data, sent through widely used code called the Meta Pixel, includes not only information like names and email addresses but often even more detailed information, including data on users’ income, filing status, refund amounts, and dependents’ college scholarship amounts.
    The information sent to Facebook can be used by the company to power its advertising algorithms and is gathered regardless of whether the person using the tax filing service has an account on Facebook or other platforms operated by its owner, Meta.
    Each year, the Internal Revenue Service processes about 150 million individual returns filed electronically, and some of the most widely used e-filing services employ the pixel, The Markup found. https://themarkup.org/pixel-hunt/2022/11/22/tax-filing-websites-have-been-sending-users-financial-information-to-facebook

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