SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook held back from doing all it could to stop users from being radicalized and US election misinformation from flooding the social network, according to media reports Friday.
An array of US news outlets cited documents from former Facebook worker Frances Haugen, adding to a series of critical revelations already published based on information she provided.
Articles in the New York Times, Washington Post and elsewhere on Friday focused on how Facebook apparently intensified political division.
Examples included an internal finding that 10 percent of political content viewed by US users in the days after the election perpetuated the falsehood that the vote had been rigged.
What has come to be known as the “Big Lie” has been repeated relentlessly by former US President Donald Trump and enraged his supporters, who stormed the US Capital in a deadly attack on January 6.
Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms banned Trump from their platforms for encouraging the violent effort to thwart the democratic process.
Revelations published Friday indicated that Facebook could have anticipated such trouble.
The information was reportedly found in the thousands of internal documents Haugen provided to regulators at the US Securities and Exchange Commission.
Haugen told US lawmakers early this month that the social media giant fuels division, harms children and urgently needs to be regulated, drawing pledges Congress would take up long-delayed action.
The testimony by Haugen has fueled one of Facebook’s most serious crises yet, and prompted a denial from CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who said in a post on his account that her claim the company prioritizes profit over safety was “just not true.” READ MORE
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