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Facebook Whistleblower to UK Lawmakers: 'It's Making Hate Worse'

Frances Haugen speaks to committee preparing social media crackdown

(Newser) - Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen told British lawmakers Monday that the social media giant stokes online hate and extremism, fails to protect children from harmful content, and lacks any incentive to fix the problems—testimony that provides strong momentum for efforts by European governments working on stricter regulation of tech giants....

New Facebook Whistleblower Supports Other's Testimony

Washington Post interviews former employee

(Newser) - Another former Facebook employee has told the SEC that profit and growth are more important to the company than stopping misinformation and hate speech. The allegations by a former member of Facebook's Integrity team were made in a new affidavit for the Securities and Exchange Commission, which carries penalties...

Frances Haugen's Fight Has a Billionaire Backer

EBay founder Pierre Omidyar's organizations are giving financial support to Facebook whistleblower

(Newser) - Frances Haugen's fight against Facebook is receiving funding from a billionaire: tech critic and eBay founder Pierre Omidyar. Omidyar's global philanthropic organization Luminate gave $150,000 last year to nonprofit Whistleblower Aid, which is handling Haugen's legal representation , Politico reports. However, Whistleblower Aid is also seeking donations...

Facebook Moves Against Bullying Campaigns, Adds Celebrity Protection

After whistleblower's testimony, company takes certain internal chat groups private

(Newser) - Mentioning that Wednesday was National Bullying Prevention and Awareness Day, Facebook announced a number of steps to protect people from harassment on its site. Antigone Davis, Facebook's global head of safety, posted the new policies, Engadget reports, saying they're intended to better protect users—"particularly those who...

Slain Journalist's Dad Blasts Facebook's Murder Videos

Alison Parker's parents file FTC complaint, appeal to Congress for removal of footage of her killing

(Newser) - The family of a journalist killed during a live news report in Virginia in 2015 is asking the Federal Trade Commission to take action against Facebook, which hosts footage of her murder. Videos of the killing of WDBJ-TV reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward regularly appear on Facebook and...

Whistleblower Tells Senate Facebook Is Dishonest

Former project manager at the social media giant says its practices are dangerous

(Newser) - Facebook isn’t to be trusted. That’s the main point whistleblower Frances Haugen made to the Senate Tuesday. Haugen said the social media giant knows the potential harm of its products but prioritizes profits over safety, Politico reports. One of her chief concerns was the company’s failure to...

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