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There are kernels of truth in most of these stories about Facebook suffering some form of decline among some group. But the company's social graph is so vast, its data trove so rich, its resources so deep, that it can surmount each setback and emerge stronger than ever.— Will Oremus (@WillOremus) October 4, 2021
As Haugen eloquently made her case tonight, I kept thinking: we have countless politicians—just in this country—who win elections by being polarizing. Divide and conquer is their strategy. She wants Congress to stop Facebook from allowing that. What’s in it for Congress?— Amir Efrati (@amir) October 4, 2021
Lead— Sacha Baron Cohen (@SachaBaronCohen) October 4, 2021
They all can kill.
They’re all regulated.
Except Facebook & Instagram.
It’s time to hold social media companies accountable for the harm they cause!#StopDeathForProfit https://t.co/BjsfROgZi3
Frances Haugen is an American hero. We all owe her a debt of thanks and a shout out to @ScottPelley and the entire @60Minutes production and editorial team for composing this piece so artfully and compellingly. Haugen’s information is simply damning and its breadth extraordinary! https://t.co/cmuyRrEJfm— Lou Paskalis ?? (@LouPas) October 4, 2021
"We had a joke inside of Civic Integrity, that if you wanted to know what the next batch of At-Risk Countries was going to be, all you had to do was look two years in the past at what the Facebook Connectivity countries were, and that's what they were going to be."— Newley Purnell (@newley) October 4, 2021
Important interview with whistleblower Frances Haugen for @60Minutes highlighting how Facebook puts profits before harm. This month she will also give evidence about this to the Joint Committee on the Online Safety Bill @OnlineSafetyCom https://t.co/HXqg5xdWZu— Damian Collins (@DamianCollins) October 4, 2021
“Facebook, over and over again, has shown it chooses profit over safety,” says Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen. She believes the federal government should impose regulations and plans to testify before Congress this week. https://t.co/YoKIyorZzu pic.twitter.com/RWlk9QOwZu— 60 Minutes (@60Minutes) October 3, 2021
@franceshaugen_: "When we live in an information environment that is full of angry, hateful, polarizing content it erodes our civic trust, it erodes our faith in each other, it erodes our ability to want to care for each other..." https://t.co/fZz5obPg5g— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) October 4, 2021
No one is surprised Facebook knew it was amplifying disinformation and incitement. But I am very excited to have this much internal evidence upon which we may consider proper regulatory steps to correct course. I’ll be live tweeting my thoughts here about @60Minutes 1/— Nora Benavidez (@AttorneyNora) October 3, 2021
Of note: While news outlets highlight the comments made by the Facebook whistleblower relating to January 6, Fox is avoiding mentioning them in its coverage.— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) October 4, 2021
I've been covering Facebook for a decade. The idea that Facebook is weakening, that it's vulnerable, that it has lost the teens, has cropped up almost every year throughout its history. It has turned out to be wrong every time so far.— Will Oremus (@WillOremus) October 4, 2021
I left Facebook over concerns that the company was ignoring and underinvesting in researching the impact of their products. I became convinced that these products accelerate polarization of all kinds incliding race. Thanks @FrancesHaugen_ for bringing Facebook's problems to light https://t.co/GcgcX0jSz3— Brian Boland ? (@brianboland) October 4, 2021
Sure, go ahead and #DeleteFacebook. But really, we need to delete surveillance capitalism. We do that by demanding lawmakers in DC finally pass real data privacy legislation, eradicating Facebook's business model of harvesting our data & using it to algorithmically manipulate us.— Evan Greer (@evan_greer) October 4, 2021
...make the safety systems for that language as it did to make English or French. Each new language costs more money but there's fewer and fewer customers. So the economics just doesn't make sense for Facebook to be safe in a lot of these parts in the world."— Newley Purnell (@newley) October 4, 2021
Again @nickclegg is making a false assertion that few do, which is that Facebook is responsible for Jan. 6: “The responsibility for the violence on Jan. 6 & the insurrection on that day lies squarely with the people who inflicted the violence … https://t.co/5wNWKjk1SP— Kara Swisher (@karaswisher) October 4, 2021
(2/3) Now I could go to jail for the rest of my life, and my nation goes to presidential elections in May 2022 with no guarantee of integrity of the vote because of the insidious mass manipulations the platform allows. These revelations only verify what we have long known.— Maria Ressa (@mariaressa) October 4, 2021
(1/3) We called out Facebook’s excesses in 2016, comparing Mark Zuckerberg to Rodrigo Duterte and demanding an end to impunity. We presented the data from the Philippines, which whistleblower Christopher Wylie called ‘the Petri dish’ and which Facebook called ‘ground zero’.— Maria Ressa (@mariaressa) October 4, 2021
Completely agree w this @kevinroose take that we overestimate fb's enduring danger when the greatest & actually quite likely to eventuate threat is that ... people abandon it— evelyn douek (@evelyndouek) October 4, 2021
But: maybe not true overseas, and fb is more than just the blue apphttps://t.co/nGoZ4P95kt pic.twitter.com/GiIeRvmlRR
One of the interesting things about the latest Facebook scandal is Zuckerberg’s decision not to address it — reportedly as a strategy to distance himself from the scandal.— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) October 4, 2021
Does he think people will forget he is the CEO and maintains complete control over the company?
We did not disband Civic Integrity. We integrated it into a larger Central Integrity team so that the incredible work pioneered for elections could be applied even further, for example across health related issues. Their work continues to this day.— Guy Rosen (@guyro) October 4, 2021
Together we can create social media that brings out the best in us. We solve problems together - we don’t solve them alone.— Frances Haugen (@FrancesHaugen) October 4, 2021
I believe that we can do better.— Frances Haugen (@FrancesHaugen) October 4, 2021
Notably absent in Facebook's 750 word response to @haugenfrances appearance on 60 Minutes:— Donie O'Sullivan (@donie) October 4, 2021
Why the company shut down its "civic integrity" team after the election (but before the insurrection).
Here is what Haugen told @60Minutes about that: pic.twitter.com/99R4ID5tzE
Love to see it. Facebook whistleblower @FrancesHaugen_ tells @WSJ the way to reduce harm is a radical change to the company’s business model: ending algorithmic amplification that’s maximized for engagement—not eliminating S 230. This is in line with many experts & rights orgs pic.twitter.com/BBnr4KZcMM— Evan Greer (@evan_greer) October 4, 2021
An honest (if utterly soul-crushing) analysis of facebook's moral universe from @kevinroose: human rights abuses facilitated by Facebook might kill *people*, but they won't kill Facebook. Only American teens (and the advertisers who love them) can do that. https://t.co/29hKCy23Qm pic.twitter.com/XmolzMxCX9— Julia Carrie Wong (@juliacarriew) October 4, 2021
But the past few weeks have demonstrated the core dynamics of the FB debate in the US. Serious and urgent harms against human rights and democracy in the Global South included in the WSJ's investigation have been wholly overshadowed by the Instagram eating disorder issue.— Julia Carrie Wong (@juliacarriew) October 4, 2021
Some details about Frances Haugen:— Ryan Mac ? (@RMac18) October 4, 2021
-She doesn't believe breaking up FB is the way to fix the co, which is why she hasn't shared docs w/ FTC
-Several state AG's have subsets of the documents
-She has had discussions with various Euro lawmakershttps://t.co/Irs5PwnHVS pic.twitter.com/73Ydtla8PU
Facebook Whistleblower Frances Haugen writes on her website: "During her time at Facebook, Frances became increasingly alarmed by the choices the company makes prioritizing their own profits over public safety — putting people's lives at risk."https://t.co/z2kSvnyDFv— Sheera Frenkel (@sheeraf) October 3, 2021
Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen says political parties have been quoted in Facebook’s own research saying they know Facebook changed its algorithm and “now if [they] don't publish angry, hateful, polarizing… content,” there’s less engagement. https://t.co/XKKBhxZZ36 pic.twitter.com/tvSmVIJfWT— 60 Minutes (@60Minutes) October 4, 2021
Agree with all of this. Facebook is the home of angry Gen Xers and Boomers. Young people ignore it, and are increasingly abandoning even Instagram for tiktok. Everything the company does should be viewed through this framework: it’s a company in decline. https://t.co/aFtdssYFPf— abolish the filibuster (@onekade) October 4, 2021
for the little it's worth, i think fb has a lot of work to do and needs to take more responsibility for its role, like all social media. but in the misinfo conversation more generally Online, we under-index on individual responsibility. or the role of many other institutions.— evelyn douek (@evelyndouek) October 3, 2021
It's incredible that Mark Zuckerberg hasn't addressed the Whistleblower's damning reveals. When there is a crisis - plane crash, product defect - a CEO always addresses employees and the public. Where is Zuckerberg?— Cecilia Kang (@ceciliakang) October 4, 2021
The Boy Kings should be selling thousands of copies everytime there’s another Facebook whistleblower or major story in the news. A smart publisher would be looking to reissue a 10th anniversary edition.— joanne mcneil (@jomc) October 3, 2021
The same way security was dispersed across Facebook after the Russian election interference came to light (with no new CISO ever hired) and the Crowdtangle team was dispersed after 2020 elections (with a lot of support cut off)?— Sheera Frenkel (@sheeraf) October 4, 2021
Also I wonder if Facebook realized what hell it was about to unleash last December when it dissolved @samidh’s civic integrity team. Upsetting hundreds of articulate, civic-minded professionals who were armed with some of the most damning data Facebook had ever produced— Casey Newton (@CaseyNewton) October 4, 2021
NEW: The Facebook whistleblower who’s been leaking to @WSJ emerged last night.— Carole Cadwalladr (@carolecadwalla) October 4, 2021
She’s filed 8 complaints with SEC.
Has given evidence to 5 state attorney generals.
Is set to testify to UK parliament.
And says ‘Facebook should declare moral bankruptcy’
This is not to say that the Instagram mental health issues aren't important. They are. But it is frustrating to see Facebook's cynical dismissal of the value of the 90% fo its users who don't live in the US be fully justified by the behavior of US politicians and press.— Julia Carrie Wong (@juliacarriew) October 4, 2021
I have no idea (obviously) of the truth of this. But a challenge when any mid-level employee tells you their view of what happened is that you don’t know what meetings they weren’t in, what documents they didn’t leak, and what org they didn’t know about https://t.co/52VXqb4YqA— Benedict Evans (@benedictevans) October 4, 2021
One interesting insight from FB whistleblower @FrancesHaugen_’s interview last night was her relaying a comment from an EU politician about how optimizing for Facebook’s algorithms was causing political leaders to take more partisan positions. That’s the populist feedback loop.— Kate Starbird (@katestarbird) October 4, 2021
Because it’s going to get a lot worse. PR tip: 60 Minutes has a significantly larger audience (10mm+) than anything so far and will tease hearing. In addition, there are larger problems all coming at the same time. I’ll list them in no particular order: https://t.co/2YLIT3xWaB— Jason Kint (@jason_kint) October 2, 2021
Facebook/Instagram are both down globally after the #60Minutes segment with employee & whistle blower Frances Haugen who stated that #Facebook turned off safeguards designed to thwart misinformation in a moneymaking move that contributed to the deadly invasion of the U.S. Capitol— Suchitra Vijayan (@suchitrav) October 4, 2021
Like so many, I was deeply moved by Frances, who proved courageous, credible, & compelling on 60 Minutes. From her first visit with my office, I’ve admired her backbone & bravery in revealing terrible truths about one of the world’s most powerful, implacable corporate giants. https://t.co/cJCFZZdpbr— Richard Blumenthal (@SenBlumenthal) October 4, 2021
Facebook has "blamed" their own researchers for negative press— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) October 3, 2021
Jeff Horwitz, technology reporter, The Wall Street Journal, talks about the mood inside of Facebook after reporting that shows the company was aware of negative effects from their products.https://t.co/3HHHdDKLg8 pic.twitter.com/42cfHppHQH
“The Facebook whistleblower turned evidence of this gross negligence over to the government at great personal risk, and now we need the government to respond with decisive action to hold the company responsible for protecting public safety." @JGo4Justice https://t.co/tyf5qUsLV0— Tim Karr (@TimKarr) October 4, 2021
First I imagined #Zuck having the biggest meltdown ever over lost revenue but then cynically wondered if he caused this outage himself because of this #Whistleblower article that was tending earlier??? #whatsappdown #instagramdown #facebookwhistleblower https://t.co/qLDW2o2JdD— Stephen Robert Morse??? (@morsels) October 4, 2021
Assuming what @FrancesHaugen_ said about @Facebook is true (and I think most of us have experienced first hand the outrage machine she describes), then democracies need to do more to regulate social media. Clearly Facebook isn't going to curb itself. https://t.co/q6QGOhqsRo— Adam Dooley (@adamdooley) October 4, 2021
Frances Haugen: @Facebook whistleblower reveals identity.— Jo Stevens (@JoStevensLabour) October 4, 2021
"There were conflicts of interest between what was good for the public and what was good for Facebook.
Facebook over and over again chose to optimise for its own interests, like making more money." https://t.co/hkj4uWTXgO
.@Facebook whistleblower - is a woman!— Prof. Mary Aiken (@maryCyPsy) October 4, 2021
?KUDOS TO YOU FRANCES ?
I know I am biased but if more women were involved in #Cyberspace it would be a kinder, fairer & more nurturing environment @tweetinjules @OxfordDiplomat @Paul_Tweed @AMTomchak #SafetyTechhttps://t.co/IYvFvekCFH
“Facebook over and over again chose to optimize for its own interests.”— POLITICOEurope (@POLITICOEurope) October 4, 2021
Frances Haugen came out publicly as the Facebook whistleblower whose revelations prompted investigations and hearings about the social network’s harmful effects on younger users. https://t.co/Svn4JIwYxv
“Facebook over and over again chose to optimize for its own interests.”— POLITICOEurope (@POLITICOEurope) October 4, 2021
Frances Haugen came out publicly as the Facebook whistleblower whose revelations prompted investigations and hearings about the social network’s harmful effects on younger users. https://t.co/B14V3CvNxl
Facebook whistleblower comes forward, talks about how Facebook is designed to get you angry and say stupid things.— Alex Morash (@AlexMorash) October 4, 2021
It looks so bad, I’m not even sure if we can view users actions as their own or completely Facebook driven manipulation.https://t.co/fYlxGz2RLd
MUST WATCH!!!— ElBluemountain Am echad belev echad (@EBluemountain1) October 4, 2021
Coincidence? The brave Frances Haugan comes out in public last night and FB goes down. Time for a serious reset.
She speaks of FB do not kid yourself that this does not apply to all social media platformshttps://t.co/NSg1m1mnGt
“Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, and Sheryl Sandberg, the chief operating officer, have been briefed on the responses and have approved them, but have remained behind the scenes to distance themselves from the negative press”— Clara Jeffery (@ClaraJeffery) October 3, 2021
Garbage company https://t.co/lLYpeehwDb
Facebook is out running interference ahead of interview. Nick Clegg is on manoeuvres. Because this is serious.— Carole Cadwalladr (@carolecadwalla) October 3, 2021
So many civil society groups - including & esp @FBoversight - were involved in strenuous attempts to get FB to take action ahead of US electionhttps://t.co/q03hSDaTOX
NEWS: Whistleblower will accuse Facebook of easing safeguards that led to the January 6th Insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, according to internal memo— rat king (@MikeIsaac) October 2, 2021
Policy VP Nick Clegg defends Facebook in a company-wide address from Friday evening, obtained by NYThttps://t.co/9fXF0ZwxOK
A whistle-blower is accusing FB of relaxing its security safeguards for the 2020 election too soon, which then led it to be used in the storming of the U.S. Capitol. The whistle-blower plans to discuss the allegations on “60 Minutes” this Sunday. https://t.co/QjT4nhBRvj— Strictly (@StrictlyChristo) October 3, 2021
A whistleblower who worked on Facebook's civic misinformation team during the 2020 election said in an explosive "60 Minutes" interview that the platform fails to weed out "angry, hateful, polarizing content" because it drives engagement and makes money. https://t.co/5ocZmVNKBh— Jon Cooper ?? (@joncoopertweets) October 4, 2021
Whistleblower reveals herself as Frances Haugen— Sara Fischer (@sarafischer) October 4, 2021
— Huagen is a former product manager on Facebook's civic misinformation team and a longtime Silicon Valley product manager.
— She said her lawyers filed at least 8 complaints with the SEC.
Story on @axios: https://t.co/C53CNnBQch
The most damning thing Haugen said tonight, which might break through to the non-techy majority, is that FB changed its algorithm to serve up to its billions of users more angry, hateful content -- bc that pushed engagement, and profits, up. https://t.co/eb04BHKemI— Trip Gabriel (@tripgabriel) October 4, 2021
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#facebookwhistleblower Haugen claims FB is not following its declared mission to serve the public interest: https://t.co/m0E4psvX3n— linnet taylor (@linnetelwin) October 4, 2021
But who is surprised about this, and why do we leave it open for firms to *not* serve the public interest? discussion here: https://t.co/1JDs7rhIh5
“...There were conflicts of interest between what was good for the public and what was good for Facebook...”— Tenzing Lamsang (@TenzingLamsang) October 5, 2021
“The version of Facebook that exists today is tearing our societies apart and causing ethnic violence around the world,” she said.https://t.co/RXAydy23NJ
I wonder if the outage is linked. Probably not. What amazes me about this article is nobody questions who should be the "censor". This "whistleblower" seems to think she knows best. I wonder.— THE OTHER SIDE w Damian COORY (@OtherSideAus) October 4, 2021
"FB putting profit before public good, says Frances Haugen" https://t.co/IgUISq81CY
"The version of Facebook that exists today is tearing our societies apart & causing ethnic violence around the world.. Facebook has realized that if they change the algorithm... people will spend less time on the site... & [Facebook] will make less money" https://t.co/WixHRfMYa1— Stop Funding Hate (@StopFundingHate) October 4, 2021
Facebook Whistleblower Reveals Herself, Condemns Company as Dangerous— Marsha Collier (@MarshaCollier) October 4, 2021
⚖️ Frances Haugen said: “The version of Facebook that exists today is tearing our societies apart and causing ethnic violence around the world.”#SocialMedia via @politico https://t.co/md2KXceU6Z pic.twitter.com/BKPFrK5RMo
? FB changed its algorithm to fester angry, hateful content that kept engagement & profit up. IG knew and did nothing about the depression its app causes young girls & women.— Alexandra Francisco (@ByAlFrancisco) October 4, 2021
This comes out in 60 Minutes yesterday and you think the apps are just “down” ?https://t.co/v6LESpnS4a
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