The Facebook whistleblower, Frances Haugen, a former product manager at the company, is testifying before a subcommittee and has called on Congress to ‘take action’ against the popular media platform.
This is what we’ve learned:
- Facebook prioritizes profits over money.
- The company is aware of Instagram’s ‘toxic’ effect on teen girls.
- Its products ‘harm children, stoke division and weaken our democracy,’ she says.
- Facebook has “repeatedly misled” the public and continues to hide research about its problems.
Haugen spoke eloquently during her opening statements and implored Congress to act.
“I am here today because I believe that Facebook’s products harm children, stoke division, and weaken our democracy,” she said during her opening remarks. “The company’s leadership knows how to make Facebook and Instagram safer but won’t make the necessary changes because they have put their astronomical profits before people. Congressional action is needed. They won’t solve this crisis without your help.”