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A whistleblower who was a former Facebook staff has told the US Congress that the social media giant is an urgent threat to its users and should be regulated. Frances Haugen says the company’s apps including Instagram harm children, stoke division and weakens democracies. The former employee claims that the tech giant is aware of this but hasn’t done anything about it.

Haugen presented a damning picture of Facebook as a company knowingly disseminating false information that could incite anger and hatred among users, promote teenage mental health, and even stoke ethnic violence. She said the intention of Facebook is to increase the time users spend on Facebook and Instagram, actively engaging with posts, and then potentially being exposed to more advertising, which is where Facebook rakes its Profits. Frances Haugen is urging United States lawmakers to regulate the company.

She said before the congress on Monday: “I’m here today because I believe Facebook’s products harm children, stoke division and weaken our democracy, congressional action is needed. They won’t solve this crisis without your help.”

Haugen said further “As long as Facebook is operating in the shadows, hiding its research from public scrutiny, it is unaccountable. Until the incentives change, Facebook will not change. Left alone, Facebook will continue to make choices that go against the common good. Facebook hides behind walls that keep researchers and regulators from understanding the true dynamics of their system.”

Coming a day after major social media apps of Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp experienced apparently worldwide outages that affected billions of users around the world, what makes this testimony so important is that she has the documentation to back up her claims. Internal pieces of paperwork reveal Facebook’s knowledge of the consequences of its actions, allegedly, it is the secret profit strategy.

Facebook in its defence said the testimonies were selective and misleading, both Republicans and Democrats on the congress committee expressed scepticism of the company’s truthfulness.

“They knew what they were doing, they knew where the violations were, and they know they are guilty,” one congresswoman said.

Another lawmaker said “Mark Zuckerberg should be looking at himself in the mirror today, and yet rather than taking responsibility and showing leadership, Mr Zuckerberg is going sailing.

Congress has called for Facebook CEO Zuckerberg to come before the committee, and for the Securities and Exchange Commission and Federal Trade Commission to investigate the company.

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