Through an interview on the TV show «60 Minutes», Sunday night one exempleada from Facebook accused the company of prioritize repeatedly the gains against combating hate speech and misinformation. In addition, the interviewee said that her lawyers have submitted at least eight complaints to the Securities and Exchange Commission from USA.

Frances Haugen, who worked as a product manager on Facebook’s civic disinformation team, appeared on the CBS screen revealing her identity as the whistleblower who provided documents for an investigation by the Wall Street Journal and a Senate hearing on Instagram’s harm to teens.

The social network has come under fire, after the Journal published articles based on internal submissions and emails from Facebook that showed it contributed to increasing polarization when it made changes to its content algorithm, it did not take steps to reduce doubts about the content. vaccinations and was aware that Instagram it harmed adolescent girls’ mental health.

Haugen will testify before a Senate subcommittee Tuesday in a hearing titled “Protecting Children Online,” about the company’s research into the effect of Instagram on young users. “There were conflicts of interest between what was good for the public and what was good for Facebook,” he said during the interview, Reuters reported.

“And Facebook again and again chose to optimize for its own interests, such as making more money,” he added. Haugen, who previously worked at Google and Pinterest, explained that Facebook has lied to its audience about the progress it made to curb hate speech and misinformation on its platform.

He also added that the social network was used to help organize the Capitol riots on January 6 in Washington, after the company deactivated the security systems, following the US presidential elections. While he did not believe that anyone on Facebook was “evil,” he added that the company had poorly set incentives.

From the company they issued a statement refuting the points that Haugen made after the televised interview. “We continue to make significant improvements to address the spread of misinformation and harmful content,” said the Facebook spokesperson, Lena Pietsch. “To suggest that we encourage bad content and do nothing is not true,” he added.

Before the interview with 60 Minutes, the vice president of global affairs From Facebook, Nick Clegg told CNN news network that it was “ridiculous” to claim that the events of January 6 were caused by social media.

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