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posted by martyb on Monday October 04, @09:15PM   Printer-friendly
from the Facebook-will-return-soon! dept.

Facebook's new whistleblower is renewing scrutiny of the social media giant

The leaker came forward:

Facebook Whistleblower Frances Haugen: The 60 Minutes Interview (13m36s video)

Facebook's new whistleblower is renewing scrutiny of the social media giant

A data scientist named Frances Haugen has revealed herself to be the whistleblower behind a massive exposure of the inner workings at Facebook.

Prior to appearing on 60 Minutes on Sunday, Haugen, a former employee at the social media giant, kept her identity a secret after sharing thousands of pages of internal Facebook documents to the media and federal law enforcement.

[...] Haugen's document dump, her testimony scheduled in front of Congress this week, and an ongoing investigative reporting series into the company are potentially pushing Facebook into its biggest crisis yet. The negative spotlight also comes as Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill are increasingly scrutinizing Facebook's actions.

The Facebook Files

The Facebook Files

Facebook Inc. knows, in acute detail, that its platforms are riddled with flaws that cause harm, often in ways only the company fully understands. That is the central finding of a Wall Street Journal series, based on a review of internal Facebook documents, including research reports, online employee discussions and drafts of presentations to senior management.

Time and again, the documents show, Facebook's researchers have identified the platform's ill effects. Time and again, despite congressional hearings, its own pledges and numerous media exposés, the company didn't fix them. The documents offer perhaps the clearest picture thus far of how broadly Facebook's problems are known inside the company, up to the chief executive himself.

  1. Facebook Says Its Rules Apply to All. Company Documents Reveal a Secret Elite That's Exempt (archive) (podcast)
  2. Facebook Knows Instagram Is Toxic for Many Teen Girls, Company Documents Show (archive) (podcast)
  3. Facebook Tried to Make Its Platform a Healthier Place. It Got Angrier Instead. (archive) (podcast)
  4. Facebook Employees Flag Drug Cartels and Human Traffickers. The Company's Response Is Weak, Documents Show. (archive) (podcast)
  5. How Facebook Hobbled Mark Zuckerberg's Bid to Get America Vaccinated (archive)
  6. Facebook's Effort to Attract Preteens Goes Beyond Instagram Kids, Documents Show (archive) (podcast)
  7. Facebook's Documents About Instagram and Teens, Published (archive)
  8. Is Sheryl Sandberg's Power Shrinking? Ten Years of Facebook Data Offers Clues (archive)
  9. The Facebook Whistleblower, Frances Haugen, Says She Wants to Fix the Company, Not Harm It (archive) (podcast)

Archive links bypass the paywall, podcasts include a transcript.

See also: Instagram for Kids and What Facebook Knows About the Effects of Social Media


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  • (Score: 5, Interesting) by takyon on Monday October 04, @09:27PM (8 children)

    by takyon (881) <{takyon} {at} {soylentnews.org}> on Monday October 04, @09:27PM (#1184274) Journal

    I wonder if Facebook's outages increase the visibility of this story or not. I searched "Facebook down" and found this one [deadline.com] in the first page of results, nothing for "Facebook". Maybe some of the stories mention the whistleblower though, I didn't check.

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  • (Score: 1) by fustakrakich on Monday October 04, @09:34PM (6 children)

    by fustakrakich (6150) on Monday October 04, @09:34PM (#1184280) Journal

    Buy when it hits bottom

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    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday October 04, @10:30PM (2 children)

      by Anonymous Coward on Monday October 04, @10:30PM (#1184303)

      Zero?

      • (Score: 1) by khallow on Tuesday October 05, @11:07AM

        by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday October 05, @11:07AM (#1184413) Journal
        You have to catch the dead cats on the second bounce. True story.
      • (Score: 2) by DannyB on Tuesday October 05, @02:10PM

        by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday October 05, @02:10PM (#1184447) Journal

        Zero?

        It would be much gooder to buy in when the shares have negative value, where they pay you to take the shares. Once it goes above zero and skyrockets to infinity and beyond, imagine the prophets! Way more profitable than buying in at a positive share price and then watching it skyrocket to infinity and beyond.

        Someone who knows about stalks on the intarweb tubes tolled me so!

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    • (Score: 2) by DannyB on Tuesday October 05, @02:06PM (2 children)

      by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday October 05, @02:06PM (#1184444) Journal

      Buy when it hits bottom

      Bye when it hits bottom.

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      • (Score: 1) by fustakrakich on Tuesday October 05, @06:07PM (1 child)

        by fustakrakich (6150) on Tuesday October 05, @06:07PM (#1184510) Journal

        Watch for what rises out of the ashes. Touch up the logo, and.. voila! MySpace III.. Instant billionaire, provided the fed keeps the tap open

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        • (Score: 2) by DannyB on Tuesday October 05, @06:26PM

          by DannyB (5839) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday October 05, @06:26PM (#1184516) Journal

          Maybe GeoCities is a more marketable name?

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  • (Score: 3, Funny) by Username on Tuesday October 05, @08:04AM

    by Username (4557) on Tuesday October 05, @08:04AM (#1184389)

    I give a 30% probability to the theory that this was the reason facebook was down.
        - 05% the feds securing evidence
        - 95% they clintoned the records