Facebook whistleblower Francis Hogan is due to appear before the US Congress on Tuesday, where he will criticize his former boss as “one of the most important threats” facing the country, and demand transparency in its operations to better regulate it.
Hogan, a former product manager for Facebook’s civil misinformation group, says the social media company keeps its procedures and operations secret.
“The focus of the problem is that no one else can understand Facebook’s more destructive choices than Facebook, because Facebook will only look under the hood,” he said in written testimony prepared for the trial.
“Transparency is an important starting point for efficient regulation,” he said in a testimony to a Senate trade subcommittee.
“On this foundation, we can develop sensible rules and standards to deal with consumer vulnerabilities, illegal content, data protection, anti-competitive practices, algorithmic systems and more.”
Hogan will tell the panel that Facebook executives choose profit over user security.
“The company leadership knows the ways to make Facebook and Instagram safer and will not make the necessary changes because they have put their enormous profits in front of people,” he would say. “It’s not anyone’s responsibility.”
Haujan came forward earlier this week to reveal that he was the one who provided the documents used in the Wall Street Journal investigation and the Senate inquiries into Instagram’s harm to teenage girls.
Facebook did not respond to a request for comment.
The journal’s stories showed that the company contributed to the increased polarization online as it made changes to its content algorithm; Could not take action to reduce vaccine reluctance; And Instagram knew that teens could be detrimental to their mental health.
Hogan said Facebook did very little to prevent its site from being used by people planning violence.
Facebook was used by people planning mass killings in Myanmar, and the January 6 attack on then-President Donald Trump’s supporters at the US Presidential Palace was determined to oust the 2020 election results.
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