Washington: Frances Haugen, a former product manager at Facebook who leaked internal documents proving corporate willingness to overlook hate speech and disinformation where profits are concerned, will testify before Congress on Tuesday, just several hours after Facebook experienced unprecedented global disruptions.
Over the past few weeks, Haugen revealed thousands of pages of corporate inquiry suggesting that Facebook hid evidence and lied about its platform spreading harmful information. Documents released by Haugen also show Facebook is aware the platform has inflicted harm on the mental health of teens.
Haugen publicly revealed herself to be the Facebook whistleblower on CBS’s latest 60 Minutes show overnight Monday.
Shortly after the interview, Facebook suffered outage of more than six hours that also disrupted some of its other services including Instagram and WhatsApp.
US media, citing Facebook’s recovery team, reported that the outage was caused by a border gateway protocol update.
On Monday evening, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger were coming back online.