Originally posted at Tech Crunch by Steve Dent
Facebook Wants to ‘Normalize’ the Mass Scraping of Personal Data
Internal documents published by the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) recently revealed that Facebook allowed VIPs to break its rules and that it was aware of how Instagram affected the mental health of teens. Now, the whistleblower who brought that information to light has revealed herself as Frances Haugen in an interview with 60 Minutes, the New York Times has reported.
“I’ve seen a bunch of social networks and it was substantially worse at Facebook than what I had seen before,” Haugen told 60 Minutes. “Facebook, over and over again, has shown it chooses profit over safety.”
Haugen joined Facebook in 2019, working on democracy and misinformation issues, while also handling counterespionage, according to a personal websiteand Twitter account she and her team set up. She worked as a Facebook product manager and left the company in May.
She first brought “tens of thousands” of pages of internal Facebook documents to Whistleblower Aid founder John Tye, requesting legal protection and help in releasing the information. The trove included internal company research, slide decks, cover letters and more. She also filed a whistleblower complaint with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), accusing Facebook of taking internal actions that didn’t match its public statements…
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