Agencies: In testimony before Congress, Frances Haugen, the whistle-blower who sent internal Facebook documents to journalists, accused the tech giant of putting its “astronomical profits before people,” and said that congressional intervention was needed.
“They need to admit they did something wrong, and they need help to solve these problems,” Haugen said during the hearing on Tuesday. Here are the key takeaways from her testimony.
Facebook employees responded with anger and relief.
Context: Haugen had shared documents showing how Facebook made decisions that fostered hate speech and misinformation and knew that its products were harmful to teens.
What’s next: Haugen has presented damning evidence “but it’s up to lawmakers to turn that evidence into regulations that address the specific issues she raised,” our tech columnist Kevin Roose wrote in our live blog. “It’s hard to be optimistic on that front, given Congress’s record on tech regulation,” he wrote, adding: “If Congress fails to regulate Facebook effectively now, it won’t be because of a lack of evidence.”
Global Facebook outage: For more than five hours on Monday, the world got a taste of life without Facebook and its apps. In India, Latin America and Africa, its services have become almost a public utility, usually cheaper than a phone call.