October 5 (WNN) — Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen is expected to testify in the Senate on Tuesday and is expected to say that the social media company has long been aware of misinformation and hate speech on the platform and the negative effects on young users.
At the hearing, titled “Protecting Kids Online: Testimony from a Facebook Whistleblower,” Haugen is expected to explain to the Senate Commerce Committee panel how he believes Facebook’s Instagram platform negatively affects children. does.
The hearing begins at 10 a.m. EDT.
Haugen identified himself as a whistleblower on national television last weekend, saying Facebook prioritized profits over public safety and was aware of research that showed the negative impact of some policies on younger users.
Haugen, a former data scientist for Facebook, hopes to prompt Congress for new rules that address the concerns he has raised.
“When we realized that tobacco companies were hiding the harm it caused, the government took action,” she said in her opening statement, according to CNN.
“When we found out that cars with seat belts are safe, the government took action. And today, the government is taking action against companies that hide evidence on opioids. I beg you here to do the same.” ”
Haugen said it has filed at least eight complaints with the Securities and Exchange Commission, claiming the company is hiding important research from investors and the public.
Facebook pushed back against Haugen’s allegations, saying it does not encourage “bad content” and works relentlessly to root out harmful information.
“We have invested heavily in people and technology to keep our platform secure, and have made fighting misinformation and providing authoritative information a priority,” Facebook’s director of policy communications, Lena Pietsch, told CBS News on Sunday.
“If any research had identified precise solutions to these complex challenges, the tech industry, governments and societies would have solved them much earlier,” Pitsch said. “We have a strong track record of using our research – as well as outside research and close collaboration with experts and organizations – to inform changes to our apps.”