The Facebook whistleblower who released number of documents which according to her shows the company is aware that their platforms are used to spread hate, violence and misinformation is expected to meet with the House select committee to investigate about the riot happened at the Us Capitol on January 6.
Frances Haugen, who is a former Facebook product manager, she has worked with a lot of other major tech firms, went public with an appearance on “60 Minutes” and testified before a US Senate subcommittee on Tuesday.
There are chances that she could provide information about how Facebook was used to ultimately facilitate violence that took place on January 6, at the US Capitol. That’s why the select committee is interested in hearing from Haugen. On Monday, House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff, is a California Democrat will be serving on the select panel. He tweeted that the select committee “will need to hear from her [Haugen], and get internal info from Facebook to flesh out their role.”
“According to this Facebook whistleblower, shutting down the civic integrity team and turning off election misinformation tools contributed to the Jan 6 insurrection,” he said.
As lawmakers continue to crack down on the tech giant, a senior Facebook (FB) executive said on “Reliable Sources” Sunday that the company will never be able to control all of the content on its site and that it may be open to regulation. After last week’s damning Wall Street Journal investigation based on internal documents provided by Haugen found that the company was aware of problems in its platforms, Facebook’s vice president of global affairs, Nick Clegg, was pushing back.
“If the assertion is that January 6th can be explained because of social media, I just think that’s ludicrous,” Clegg said during Sunday’s “Reliable Sources” broadcast. “The responsibility of the violence on January 6th and the insurrection on that day lies squarely with the people who inflicted the violence and those who encouraged them, including then-President Trump and, candidly, many other people elsewhere in the media who were encouraging the assertion that the election was stolen.”