Another Facebook whistleblower says she is willing to testify before Congress

Zhang, who labored as an information scientist on the tech big for nearly three years, wrote a prolonged memo when she was fired by Facebook final yr detailing how she believed the corporate was not doing sufficient to deal with hate and misinformation — significantly in smaller and growing international locations. Zhang stated the corporate instructed her she was fired due to efficiency points.

The memo was first reported final yr by BuzzFeed News and later shaped the idea of a sequence of studies by The Guardian newspaper.

Speaking to CNN at her house within the Bay Area on Sunday, Zhang stated she was inspired that there seemed to be bipartisan assist for motion regarding the safety of youngsters on-line following Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen’s testimony to a Senate subcommittee final week.

Whistleblower Frances Haugen will meet with Facebook Oversight Board
Zhang stated she has introduced details about Facebook to authorities. “I provided detailed documentation regarding potential criminal violations to a U.S. law enforcement agency. My understanding is that the investigation is still ongoing,” she tweeted Sunday.

She declined to share when requested by CNN what data she had offered or to which company. An FBI spokesperson declined to remark Monday including, “the FBI does not generally confirm, deny, or otherwise comment on information or tips we may receive from the public.”

Central to Zhang’s allegations about Facebook is that it would not do sufficient to deal with abuse of its platform in international locations exterior of the United States. Roughly 90% of Facebook’s month-to-month lively customers are exterior the US and Canada, based on its most recent quarterly filing.

A Facebook spokesperson pushed again on that cost Monday, saying the corporate had invested billions in security and safety lately.

“We have also taken down over 150 networks seeking to manipulate public debate since 2017, and they have originated in over 50 countries, with the majority coming from or focused outside of the US. Our track record shows that we crack down on abuse abroad with the same intensity that we apply in the US,” the spokesperson added.

– CNN’s Christina Carrega contributed reporting

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