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Whistleblower Frances Haugen to appear before Facebook oversight board

October 11 (NWN) – Facebook informant Francis Haugen will meet with the company’s independent supervisory board in the coming weeks, members said Monday.

Facebook’s Supervisory Board said in a statement that he invited Haugen to speak to the group after she made “serious statements” about the company, including testifying in the Senate that he had long known about disinformation and hate speech on the platform, and also about the negative impact on her. young users.

“Board members appreciate the opportunity to discuss Ms. Haugen’s experience and gather information that can help drive greater transparency and accountability from Facebook through decisions and guidance on our cases,” the board members said.

Speaking to lawmakers last week, Haugen, a former analyst at the company, said Facebook platforms, including Instagram, “harm children, fuel discord and weaken our democracy.”

She argued that platform algorithms could quickly guide kids from safe content like healthy eating recipes to eating disorder content, and that Facebook “knows that content that makes you violent is more likely to receive a click, comment or re-publication. … “

Haugen added that due to a lack of staff, Facebook is unable to properly moderate content, posing a threat to national security as the platform is “definitely” used by “authoritarian or terrorist leaders” around the world.

She also called for the deletion of algorithm decisions from section 230 of the Communications Integrity Act, which protects social media companies from legal liability for content posted by their users.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg denied the allegations in a public message sent to company employees.

“We care deeply about issues such as safety, well-being and mental health,” he said.

Facebook’s oversight committee is comprised of a group of 19 non-company employees, including human rights experts and lawyers, and reviews Facebook’s moderation decisions.

He previously opposed Facebook’s decision to remove a post criticizing French President Emmanuel Macron. In May, he voted to bar former President Donald Trump from attending the podium following the January 6 Capitol riots.

Facebook announced in April that it would allow users to ask the board to remove flagged content from the platform.

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