Whistleblower Frances Haugen has made some bombshell revelations about social media, particularly Facebook, algorithms, that have drawn much attention to how the platform impacts democracy. This article published by The Guardian is written by Mattha Busby. Here is an excerpt:
In an explosive testimony to US lawmakers, a former Facebook employee has claimed the social media company puts its multibillion annual profits “before people”, harms children and is destabilising democracies.
Frances Haugen said the company did not have enough staff to keep the platform safe and was “fanning” ethnic violence in developing countries. She told senators that Facebook knew its systems led teenagers to anorexia-related content and said young children could be intentionally targeted with content promoting the eating disorder.
Meanwhile, she has filed at least eight complaints with the US financial watchdog accusing the social network of serially misleading investors about its approach to safety and the size of its audience.
Read the full article here.