Facebook hit by deluge of media consortium reports


Facebook was affected on Friday by several reports from documents provided to media outlets by Frances Haugen, a former employee turned whistleblower.

Reports cite internal company research and documents that show the company is aware of the extensive damage caused by its apps and services, but is not fixing issues or struggling to resolve them.

According to an NBC report, Facebook conducted an experiment that showed how a new profile for a conservative North Carolina mother began, within two days, to receive recommendations to join groups linked to the extreme conspiracy group. right QAnon.

As of the summer of 2020, according to the documents, Facebook was hosting thousands of QAnon private groups and pages with millions of subscribers, NBC reported. Facebook has since banned QAnon groups.

Bloomberg reported documents showing Facebook employees expressed shock and outrage over the Jan.6 uprising on the U.S. Capitol.

With an image of himself on a screen in the background, Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before the House Financial Services Committee in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill on October 23, 2019 in Washington, DC, DC.

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“I’m struggling to match my value to my job here,” one employee wrote, according to the Bloomberg story. “I came here hoping to make changes and improve society, but all I saw was atrophy and abdication of responsibility.”

Facebook internal analysis of the January 6 insurgency found that the policies and procedures the company put in place were not sufficient to prevent the growth of groups linked to “Stop the Steal,” according to a CNN report. . The company treated each piece of “Stop the Steal” content individually, rather than as part of a larger whole, the report notes.

The New York Times reported on Friday, based on Haugen documents, that a Facebook data scientist wrote to colleagues to say that 10% of all U.S. views of political content on the site were posts alleging that the 2020 US presidential election was fraudulent.

The reports follow a series of Wall Street Journal stories titled “The Facebook Files”, from documents provided by Haugen. Most notably, the series found internal documents that showed Facebook was aware of the damage its Instagram service has done to adolescent mental health.

Earlier this month, Haugen testified before a Senate panel about the reports. Facebook attempted to discredit Haugen at the time and continues to oppose stories arising from the documents it posted.

“At the heart of these stories is a premise that is false,” Facebook wrote in a statement to CNBC. “Yes, we are a business and we make a profit, but the idea that we do so at the expense of the safety or well-being of people misunderstands where our own business interests lie. The truth is, we have invested 13 billion dollars and have over 40,000 people doing a job: keeping people safe on Facebook. “

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