Facebook (FB) - Get Facebook, Inc. Class A Report Whistleblower Frances Haugen, 37, testified before Congress on Tuesday. In her opening statement, she made some serious accusations about the social media giant.
"I believe that Facebook’s products harm children, stoke division, weaken our democracy, and much more. The company’s leadership knows ways to make Facebook and Instagram safer and won’t make the necessary changes because they have put their immense profits before people," Haugen said. "Congressional action is needed. They cannot solve this crisis without your help."
Haugen, who joined the company as a product manager on the civic misinformation team in 2019, said that as long as Facebook is operating in the dark, it's accountable to no one.
"When we realized tobacco companies were hiding the harms it caused, the government took action. When we figured out cars were safer with seat belts, the government took action. And today, the government is taking action against companies that hid evidence on opioids," she said. "I implore you (Congress) to do the same here."
On Tuesday, the company made headlines when its apps - Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp - went offline for 6 hours.
The company said the outage was due to “configuration changes on the backbone routers…”
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