Frances Haugen, a former Facebook employee, has come forward as a whistleblower to say that the social media giant is "scared." Haugen worked as a content moderator for Facebook, and she says that the company was more concerned with protecting its image than with protecting its users. She also alleges that Facebook employees were encouraged to ignore certain types of content, including child abuse and hate speech. Haugen's revelations come as Facebook is facing intense scrutiny from lawmakers and the public over its handling of user data.
Haugen: ‘I think Facebook is scared.’
Haugen, who is now a senior engineer at the social media company, said she was motivated to come forward because she was concerned about the “staggering” amount of data Facebook has on users and the way it is used. “I think Facebook is scared,” Haugen said. “They should be.” Haugen said she was also troubled by the company’s handling of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and its failure to protect the data of 87 million users that was improperly accessed by the political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica. “I don’t think they are evil, but I think they are reckless,” Haugen said.
Haugen: ‘I was surprised at how quickly they acted.’
Whistleblower Frances Haugen says that Facebook is "scared" of her allegations of impropriety within the company. Haugen, who is a former employee of Facebook, has accused the social media giant of censoring conservative news and viewpoints. Haugen says that she was surprised at how quickly Facebook acted after she made her allegations public. "I think they're scared," Haugen said of Facebook. "I think they're worried about what else I might know." Haugen says that she has no plans to stop speaking out against Facebook, and she urges other employees of the company to do the same. "I want people to know that they can speak up," Haugen said. "They don't have to be afraid."
Haugen: ‘I think they’re trying to cover it up.’
Haugen, who is currently on leave from Facebook, said she first started to notice something was wrong in early 2018 when she saw a post in a private Facebook group for content moderators that included a video of a beheading. Haugen said she reported the video to her managers but was told that it did not violate Facebook’s policies and that she should not take it down. Haugen said she was also told not to report any more videos like that.