‘Accountable to no one’: Facebook whistleblower blasts tech giant on Capitol Hill

Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen blasted the tech giant during Senate testimony on Tuesday, accusing chief executive Mark Zuckerberg of putting profits over safety and calling for government regulators to step in. 

“As long as Facebook is operating in the dark, it is accountable to no one and it will continue to make choices that go against the common good,” said Haugen, a former Facebook employee who leaked thousands of internal documents to lawmakers and the Wall Street Journal.

Material leaked by Haugen showed that Facebook has downplayed Instagram’s negative effects on teens’ mental health despite damning internal research. Others showed that the company exempts popular users from some content moderation rules and has failed to crack down on drug cartels and human traffickers. 

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