A Facebook whistleblower has sent documents to a number of news outlets from which they cited to report that the social media network has been aware of the harms it causes.
According to CNBC, multiple outlets on Friday, Oct. 22, used internal Facebook research and documents provided by Frances Haugen, who is also a former employee, showing the Big Tech knows many of the harms its apps and services cause.
However, the reports indicated that Facebook has not rectified the issues or struggled to address them.
Based on the documents from the whistleblower, The New York Times reported that a Facebook data scientist told his colleagues that 10% of all U.S. views of political content on the network were of posts alleging that the 2020 U.S. presidential was fraudulent.
A report from Bloomberg citing the documents showed that Facebook employees were shocked and outraged after the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.
“I’m struggling to match my value to my employment here,” an employee wrote. “I came here hoping to affect change and improve society, but all I’ve seen is atrophy and abdication of responsibility.”
According to a report from NBC News, the whistleblower’s documents indicated Facebook ran an experiment that let a conservative mother, within two days, receive recommendations to join groups related to a conspiracy group. By the summer of 2020, Facebook was hosting thousands of these conspiracy groups and pages with millions of followers, before banning them.
The reports came after Wall Street Journal released a series of stories titled “The Facebook Files,” from documents provided by Haugen, according to CNBC. The series revealed internal documents that showed the tech giant was aware of the harm caused by its Instagram service to teenagers’ mental health.
In a testimony before the Senate earlier this month, Haugen insisted that Facebook’s internal investigation, published by her, also exposed that its platforms amplify hate, misinformation, and political unrest.
Facebook attempted to discredit Haugen at the time and continues to push back against the stories stemming from the documents she released.
Also on Friday, another whistleblower alleged that the company’s officials prioritized growth and profit over their efforts to contain the spread of hate speech and misinformation on the social media platform, according to the Washington Post.
The whistleblower, identified as a former member of Facebook’s Integrity division, made the allegations in an affidavit to the Securities and Exchange Commission.