Oct 5, 2021

Facebook harms children and weakens democracy: ex-employee

A former Facebook employee has told US lawmakers that the company's sites and apps "Harm children, stoke division and weaken our democracy". "The company's leadership knows how to make Facebook and Instagram safer, but won't make the necessary changes because they have put their astronomical profits before people," she said. For context, the company reported it had 1.88 billion daily active users on average in March 2021."Yesterday we saw Facebook taken off the internet," she said. "The damage to self-interest and self-worth inflicted by Facebook today will haunt a generation," Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal said. Their executives have a limited amount of time to respond if they want to avoid the political consensus becoming that the answer to the Facebook problem is the same one applied to Bell telephone in the 1980s - breaking the company apart.

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