Facebook whistleblower releases documents to multiple news outlets showing company knows the harm it causes

Bloomberg published documents showing that Facebook employees expressed outrage and shock at the Jan. 6 insurrection on the U.S. Capitol.
According to NBC, Facebook had thousands of private QAnon pages and groups with millions of followers by the summer 2020, according to the documents. Since then, Facebook has banned QAnon pages.

According to NBC, Facebook conducted an experiment where a profile created by a North Carolina conservative mother began to get recommendations from Facebook to join conspiracy groups like QAnon.

These reports refer to internal research by the company and documents that prove the company is aware and trying to rectify many of the problems its apps and services are causing, but doesn't fix them or fails to do so.

Facebook was hit by multiple reports Friday, stemming out of documents Frances Haugen provided to news outlets. Frances Haugen is a whistleblower and former employee.

Mark Zuckerberg, the Facebook CEO and co-founder, testifies before Congress in front of the House Financial Services Committee at the Rayburn House Office Building, Capitol Hill, October 23, 2019.

According to Bloomberg, one employee stated that "I am struggling to match my value with my employment here." "I came here to effect change and improve society. But all I have seen is atrophy, and abdication of responsibility."

According to CNN, an internal Facebook analysis of the Jan. 6, insurrection revealed that the policies and procedures set by the company weren't enough to stop the growth of "Stop the Steal" groups. According to the report, the company did not treat each piece of content from "Stop the Steal," as a whole.

The New York Times reported Friday that, using documents from Haugen's, a Facebook data scientist told his colleagues that 10% of U.S. views on political content were posts claiming that the 2020 U.S. Presidential election was fraudulent.

These reports are based on a series of Wall Street Journal stories titled "The Facebook Files", which were compiled from documents supplied by Haugen. The series found documents within Facebook that indicated that the company was aware of the damage its Instagram service had on teenagers' mental well-being.

Haugen gave evidence to a Senate panel earlier this month about the reports. Facebook tried to discredit Haugen and continues to press against the stories stemming out of the documents she has released.

Facebook stated in a statement to CNBC that "At the core of these stories lies a premise, which is false." Facebook stated that while we are a business, and make profits, the notion that we do this at the expense people's safety and wellbeing is not in line with our commercial interests. We've spent $13 billion on Facebook and over 40,000 people have been hired to do one thing: Keep people safe on Facebook.

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