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

Facebook on Friday was hit with multiple reports stemming from documents provided to news outlets by Frances Haugen, a former employee turned whistleblower.

The reports cite internal company research and documents that show the company is aware of many of the harms its apps and services cause but either doesn’t rectify the issues or struggles to address them.

According to a report from NBC, Facebook ran an experiment that showed how a new profile for a conservative mother from North Carolina began, within two days, to receive recommendations to join groups related to the far-right conspiracy group QAnon.

By the summer of 2020, , the documents show, Facebook was hosting thousands of private QAnon groups and pages with millions of followers, NBC reported. Facebook has since banned QAnon groups.

Bloomberg reported on documents that showed employees at Facebook expressed shock and outrage after the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

“I’m struggling to match my value to my employment here,” one employee wrote, according to the Bloomberg story. “I came here hoping to affect change and improve society, but all I’ve seen is atrophy and abdication of responsibility.”

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