Frances Haugen

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Frances Haugen
Frances Haugen 2021 (cropped).jpg
Haugen in 2021
EducationOlin College (BS)
Harvard University (MBA)
OccupationData engineer, product manager

Frances Haugen is an American electrical engineer, data scientist, product manager, and whistleblower.[1] In 2021, she disclosed [or showed] tens of thousands of Facebook's internal documents to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Wall Street Journal. She also filed (or made) a whistleblower complaint to the SEC; In the complaint she has said that Facebook has misled (or gave wrong information to) investors [to give priority, or] "to prioritize growth over safety"; She says that was done by ignoring research showing that it (or Facebook) amplifies "angry, polarizing, [and] divisive content", and that can put public safety at risk.[2][3]

She gave testimony in front of one of the committees of the United States Senate, on October 5.[1][4]

Later in October, Facebook's Oversight Board said that it will [meet or] speak with Haugen about her knowledge of the business (of Facebook) and its practices.[5]

She was born and raised in Iowa City, Iowa.[6]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Retrieved 4 October 2021
  2. Mac, Ryan; Kang, Cecilia (2021-10-03). "Whistle-Blower Says Facebook 'Chooses Profits Over Safety'". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2021-10-04.
  3. Pelley, Scott. "Whistleblower: Facebook is misleading the public on progress against hate speech, violence, misinformation". CBS News. Retrieved October 4, 2021.
  4. Retrieved 5 October 2021
  5. "Facebook's Oversight Board will meet with the Facebook whistleblower". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2021-10-11.
  6. Horwitz, Jeff (October 3, 2021). "The Facebook Whistleblower, Frances Haugen, Says She Wants to Fix the Company, Not Harm It". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved October 4, 2021.