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Updated: October 13, 2021 3:31:48 pm
Facebook, Frances HaugenFormer Facebook data scientist Frances Haugen speaks during a hearing of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Data Security, on Capitol Hill, Tuesday. (AP)

For around six hours on Monday, billions of users around the world were unable to access their accounts on Facebook, the world’s largest social media network, and its family of apps, Instagram and WhatsApp. According to the company, the global outage was caused by an internal technical issue. But this wasn’t the biggest crisis to hit the social media giant this week.

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Crisis deepened for the social media network after Haugen testified before a Senate subcommittee Tuesday, accusing Facebook of harming children, and weakening democracy.

doha tennis,Haugen’s revelations are particularly significant as Facebook has been under the scanner in recent years for not doing enough to prevent hate speech online and to protect the data of its vast user base.

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Haugen worked at Facebook for nearly two years as a product manager in the company’s civic integrity team. Her job was largely focussed on tracking the spread of misinformation on the platform and ensuring that the platform was not used to destabilise democracy.,football match online

Before working at Facebook, the 37-year-old engineer had a successful tech career, working as a product manager at several top tech firms, including Google, Pinterest and Yelp. While pursuing a management programme at  Harvard Business School in 2010, she co-founded a dating platform called Secret Agent Cupid, which later became popular dating app ‘Hinge’, according to her LinkedIn profile.

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So, when a Facebook recruiter approached her in 2018, Haugen insisted that she wanted a job related to democracy and the spread of false information. In 2019, she joined the company’s civic integrity team, which looked at election interference worldwide. The team, however, was disbanded soon after the US presidential elections in 2020.,free football games online to play

t babos,What did Haugen do? 

In her ’60 Minutes’ interview, Haugen said she began to lose faith in Facebook soon after the team was disbanded. The work previously done by the civic integrity team was then divided between a number of different departments, Facebook later said. But the company was not doing enough to prevent misinformation, she contended.,flash scores football

fanduel golf picks,“There were conflicts of interest between what was good for the public and what was good for Facebook,” she said during the interview. “And Facebook over and over again chose to optimise for its own interests like making more money.”

casino slots real money no deposit,She accused the social media platform of lying about the amount of progress it has made in combating hate speech online. Haugen went as far as claiming that Facebook was used to plan the Capitol riot on January 6, after the company chose to turn off safety systems following the US presidential elections.

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888 casino live blackjack,But her goal is not to get people to hate Facebook. “I don’t hate Facebook. I love Facebook. I want to save it,” she wrote in her final message on Facebook’s internal system, right before she left the company.

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flop turn river,In a statement soon after the ’60 Minutes’ episode, Facebook spokesperson Lena Pietsch denied the allegations and said that the company was making significant improvements “to tackle the spread of misinformation and harmful content”.

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In a 700-word statement, Pietsch said several facts were left out of the statement, adding that the interview “used select company materials to tell a misleading story about the research we do to improve our products.”,espn live

fifa 21 volta online with friends,What did Frances Haugen say during her testimony on Capitol Hill?

Testifying before a Senate subcommittee, Haugen alleged that Facebook suffered from “moral bankruptcy” and is “stuck in a loop it can’t get out of.” She said that Facebook’s products “harm children, stoke division and weaken our democracy.” The platforms’ algorithm focussed on rankings and ensuring longer sessions, which eventually makes them more money. To do this, Facebook often amplified negative emotions, such as anger, Haugen claimed.,paolini tennis

paolini tennis,But Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg denied this allegation. “The argument that we deliberately push content that makes people angry for profit is deeply illogical,” he said in a letter released after Haugen’s testimony. “We make money from ads, and advertisers consistently tell us they don’t want their ads next to harmful or angry content.”

bel vs ger,Haugen also said that the company had a tendency to under-staff several of its teams, which adversely impacts its ability to respond to harmful content. She argued that Facebook required more regulation, and both Republican and Democratic lawmakers seemed to agree. They said there was a need for action to be taken to stop the harm caused to teenagers on Facebook.

Some senators discussed the bills they have proposed that would add safety provisions for young users. Haugen even suggested raising the minimum age to join social media platforms to 17-years-old from 13-years-old.,365 live cricket betting

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