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Facebook 'whistleblower' had support, guidance from US intelligence agencies

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Facebook "whistleblower" Frances Haugen was represented by a coterie of US intelligence insiders, according to a report. 

 Haugen testified before Congress earlier this month, accusing the company where she once worked of "everything from poisoning the minds of young American women to aiding and abetting global evildoers."

Haugen revealed to members of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation how the social media giant pushed for higher profits while being cavalier about users' safety, and urged them to hold the monolith accountable for the harm it inflicted on children because it did not consider the damage and force the tech giant to properly control the contents posted on the widely popular social media platform.

The Ron Paul Institute reported that the Facebook whistleblower had confirmed links to the US intelligence community.

Haugen "was cultivated and legally represented by an organization led by former intelligence insiders," it said, adding that the Facebook whistleblower had the backing and support of a group "with close ties to the US national security state."

She revealed in her testimony that she had been gathering information against her former employer alongside other intelligence assets as a member of a Facebook “threat intelligence unit."

"While the public has been led to believe that Haugen embarked on her censorious moral crusade all by herself, driven by nothing more than her own sense of indignation and desire to stamp out “misinformation,” her testimony tracked closely with a narrative that has emerged from the US national security state and which aims to prevent the flow of information from counter-hegemonic 'bad actors,'" it said.

Weeks after Haugen's testimony, a second whistleblower reported against America’s social media giant, claiming to Facebook prioritized profits over mitigating dangerous or hate speech and misinformation on its platform.

The whistleblower, who is purportedly a former member of Facebook’s Integrity team, made the allegations in an affidavit that was submitted to the Securities and Exchange Commission, which oversees publicly traded companies like Facebook, The Washington Post reported Friday.

The affidavit alleges that the company does not prioritize and actually undermines efforts to tackle misinformation, hate speech and other problematic content.

 

  


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