Washington. Former Facebook data scientist Francis Haugen has told the US Congress that she believes strict government oversight can only protect children from the social network. Issues ranging from the damage being done to inciting political violence to the promotion of misinformation can be addressed.
“Facebook’s platforms are harming children and adolescents, fueling division and undermining our democracy,” Haugen told the US Congress. The company’s leadership knows how to make Facebook and Instagram secure, but they won’t make the necessary changes because they put their profit over the people.
“Congress’s action is necessary. They cannot deal with this crisis without your help. Haugen is a 37-year-old data expert from Iowa. He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering and a master’s degree in business from Harvard. Before working for Facebook, he worked for 15 years at various tech companies including ‘Google’, ‘Pintrest’ and ‘Yelp’. Francis Haugen was appointed to the position of ‘product’ manager to prevent any activity affecting the election on Facebook.
Haugen strongly condemned Facebook while presenting his case before the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Consumer Protection. He alleged that internal research had revealed some teenagers were harmed, but Instagram failed to make changes and failed to stand up to the public fight against spreading hate and misinformation.
Before leaving the company’s Civic Integrity Unit, Haugen had copied thousands of pages of internal research documents that proved Haugen’s allegations to be true.
Haugen also offered ideas on how Facebook’s social media platforms could be made safer. Haugen attributed most of this to Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mark Zuckerberg as well as the company’s ‘profit-over-safety’ strategy, but he also sympathized with Facebook’s dilemma. also expressed.