Facebook whistleblower reveals identity ahead of Senate hearing

Last week, a Facebook executive testified to U.S. senators and disputed the Journal's characterization of the research, pointing out other findings that she said showed the app's positive impact on teens. Haugen was a product manager at Facebook for more than two years, according to her LinkedIn profile.


Reuters | Updated: 04-10-2021 10:51 IST | Created: 04-10-2021 05:21 IST
Facebook whistleblower reveals identity ahead of Senate hearing
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A former Facebook Inc employee revealed herself on Sunday as the whistleblower who leaked a trove of internal company research that served as the basis of a Wall Street Journal investigative series. The leak led to a Senate hearing and a new wave of criticism over the negative impact of the social media giant's apps.

Frances Haugen appeared on Sunday on the television program "60 Minutes." She will testify before a Senate subcommittee on Tuesday in a hearing titled "Protecting Kids Online," about the company's research into Instagram's effect on the mental health of young users. Last week, a Facebook executive testified to U.S. senators and disputed the Journal's characterization of the research, pointing out other findings that she said showed the app's positive impact on teens.

Haugen was a product manager at Facebook for more than two years, according to her LinkedIn profile. She also worked as a product manager at Google, Pinterest and Yelp. Haugen said she'd seen problems at other social media companies, but "it was substantially worse at Facebook than anything I'd seen before."

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