(CNN Business) – Example Facebook social networking site whose leaks sparked one of the most intense scrutiny in the company’s history, was revealed Sunday night.
Frances HoganA former product manager at Facebook who also worked for several other big tech companies, he appeared publicly on “60 Minutes”.
Haugen will testify Tuesday before a US Senate subcommittee. This is what we know about her so far.
Haugen grew up attending caucuses or caucuses in Iowa with his parents, according to his personal website. The site adds that the experience instilled “a strong sense of pride in democracy and a responsibility for civic engagement.”
After studying electrical and computer engineering, and then MBA, Haugen worked for several technology companies beginning in 2006, including Google, Pinterest, and Yelp. He specializes in “algorithmic product management” and has worked on several ranking algorithms similar to the ones Facebook uses to organize the main news source, according to his prepared testimony obtained by CNN on Monday. She is scheduled to appear Tuesday before the Senate Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety and Data Security.
“Having worked for four major tech companies running different types of social media, I was able to compare and contrast how each company tackled and addressed different challenges,” he wrote in his prepared testimony.
Disappointed by Facebook
Haugen, 37, joined Facebook in 2019 to work on civic integrity, including “issues related to democracy and disinformation,” according to its website. These issues have been highlighted by critics of Facebook and other social media companies, particularly around the coronavirus pandemic and the 2020 US presidential election.
Haugen took the job at Facebook to work on tackling misinformation, he said in a “60 Minutes” interview. But he explained that his feelings about the company began to change when the company decided to dissolve the Civic Integrity Team shortly after the election.
I suggested that this decision, in part, allowed the podium to be used to help organize the January 6 riots at the US Capitol.
Facebook says the work of the Civil Integrity Team was distributed to other units when it was dissolved, and company executives have dismissed allegations that it was responsible for Riots in the Capitol.
Haugen’s disclosures are also important because they come as lawmakers, regulators, and activists around the world repeatedly criticize the company for not doing enough to protect its hundreds of millions of users.
“I joined Facebook…because someone close to me became radicalized online,” he told the Senate subcommittee in his comments. “I felt compelled to take an active role in creating a better, less toxic Facebook.”
But he said that for most of the two years, he began to feel that Facebook was not committed to ensuring that its products promoted the public good.
“What I’ve seen on Facebook over and over again is that there was a conflict of interest between what was good for the public and what was good for Facebook, and Facebook repeatedly chose to optimize for its own interests, like making more money,” 60 Minutes said.
In his statement to the Senate subcommittee on Tuesday, Hugin criticized Facebook’s creation of a “system that amplifies division, extremism and polarization” around the world.
“Facebook has become a trillion dollar company by paying its dividends with our security, including the security of our children,” he wrote. This is not acceptable.”
what he did
About a month ago, Haugen filed at least eight complaints with the Securities and Exchange Commission, alleging that the company is hiding the investigation of its flaws from investors and the public.
Haugen also shared the documents with The Wall Street Journal, which published a multi-part research showing that Facebook was aware of problems with its apps, including the negative effects of disinformation and the harm done to girls, in particular, by Instagram.
“Every day, our teams have to balance protecting the ability of billions of people to express themselves publicly with the need to keep our platform a safe and positive place,” Facebook spokeswoman Lena Beach said in a report to CNN Business after the interview. 60 minutes.”
“We continue to make major improvements to tackle the spread of misinformation and harmful content. To suggest that we encourage inappropriate content and to do nothing is simply incorrect.”
Haugen resigned from Facebook in April this year and left the company in May after handing over some projects, according to a profile in The Wall Street Journal, but not before compiling documents that would form the basis of the publication’s investigation.
“If people hated Facebook more for what I did, I would screw up,” he told the newspaper. “I believe in truth and reconciliation, we have to acknowledge reality. The first step is documentation.”
What will come next?
On Tuesday, Hogan will testify before the Senate subcommittee chaired by Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal.
The subcommittee last week questioned Facebook’s head of global security, Antigone Davis, about the impact of its apps on younger users. Davis sought to paint the company’s services, especially Instagram, as beneficial rather than harmful to teens.
“This does not mean that those who do not [lo encuentran útil] Not important to us. In fact, that’s why we’re doing this research.”
These lawmakers will now hear Haugen live and have the opportunity to question her about what she’s been through on Facebook.
The company had vigorously rejected the allegations of its former employees, including a statement of more than 700 words Sunday night in which it revealed what it called “missing facts” from the “60 Minutes” segment and said the interview “used company materials to report a misleading story about the research we are doing to improve our products”.
But his revelations seem likely to cause more than just a ripple effect on Facebook. The company has faced scrutiny from regulators and governments around the world for years, and the pressure on it continues to increase every week.
Although he was dealing with the continuing fallout from Haugen’s discoveries, as well as a widespread disorder From its core services for several hours on Monday, Facebook tried to dismiss an antitrust complaint from the Federal Trade Commission accusing it of being a monopoly.
Haugen says the only way to hold Facebook accountable is to reveal its inner workings the way it did.
“I moved forward because I realized a horrifying truth: hardly anyone outside of Facebook knows what’s going on inside Facebook,” he wrote to the Senate committee on Monday. “As long as Facebook operates in the dark, it will not be accountable to anyone. It will continue to make decisions that are against the public good.”
CNN Business’s Claire Duffy and Donnie O’Sullivan contributed to this report.