Facebook’s Oversight Board says it will meet with whistleblower Frances Haugen in a ‘push for greater transparency and accountability’

Facebook’s Oversight Board says it will meet with whistleblower Frances Haugen in a ‘push for greater transparency and accountability’

  • Facebook’s Oversight Board said it will meet with whistleblower Frances Haugen in the coming weeks.
  • Haugen said, “Facebook has lied to the board repeatedly, and I am looking forward to sharing the truth.”
  • She has leaked thousands of pages of internal documents and testified about Facebook’s policies.

Facebook’s independent “Supreme Court” will meet with company whistleblower Frances Haugen after she made a series of bombshell claims about the tech giant. 

The Facebook Oversight Board announced the meeting in a post on Monday.

“In the last few weeks, new information about Facebook’s approach to content moderation has come to light as a result of the actions of a former Facebook employee, Frances Haugen,” the post reads. “In light of the serious claims made about Facebook by Ms. Haugen, we have extended an invitation for her to speak to the Board over the coming weeks, which she has accepted. Board members appreciate the chance to discuss Ms. Haugen’s experiences and gather information that can help push for greater transparency and accountability from Facebook through our case decisions and recommendations.”

Haugen took to Twitter on Monday to confirm she would meet with the board members.

“I have accepted the invitation to brief the Facebook Oversight Board about what I learned while working there,” she said in a tweet. “Facebook has lied to the board repeatedly, and I am looking forward to sharing the truth with them.”

Earlier this month, Haugen revealed that she is the former Facebook employee responsible for leaking tens of thousands of pages of internal documents that formed the basis of a multi-part Wall Street Journal investigation into the company.

The first story in the investigation found that Facebook has a secret system that lets 5.8 million users, such as politicians and celebrities, skirt the company’s rules on content, according to the Journal. Other articles in the investigation found that Facebook’s internal teams were aware that Instagram worsens body image issues for many teen girls and that the company spoke about wanting to “leverage playdates” to get children and tweens onto its platform.

Last week, Haugen testified in a Senate hearing about Facebook’s policies, saying the company repeatedly resolved conflicts “in favor of its own profits” and calling for regulatory oversight of the company. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg later responded to Haugen’s testimony, saying many of her claims “don’t make any sense” and that she is painting a “false picture of the company.”

 

 

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