New York Times: A Tech Whistle-Blower Helps Others Speak Out

New York Times: A Tech Whistle-Blower Helps Others Speak Out. “Since last year, Ms. [Ifeoma] Ozoma, 29, a former employee of Pinterest, Facebook and Google, has emerged as a central figure among tech whistle-blowers. The Yale-educated daughter of Nigerian immigrants, she has supported and mentored tech workers who needed help speaking out, pushed for more legal protections for those employees and urged tech companies and their shareholders to change their whistle-blower policies.”

Gizmodo: We’re Making the Facebook Papers Public. Here’s Why and How

Gizmodo: We’re Making the Facebook Papers Public. Here’s Why and How. “We believe there’s a strong public need in making as many of the documents public as possible, as quickly as possible. To that end, we’ve partnered with a small group of independent monitors, who are joining us to establish guidelines for an accountable review of the documents prior to publication. The mission is to minimize any costs to individuals’ privacy or the furtherance of other harms while ensuring the responsible disclosure of the greatest amount of information in the public interest.”

Techdirt: Facebook Whistleblower Testifies Before ‘Grand Committee On Disinformation’; Which Includes Countries That Lock People Up For Criticizing The Gov’t

Techdirt: Facebook Whistleblower Testifies Before ‘Grand Committee On Disinformation’; Which Includes Countries That Lock People Up For Criticizing The Gov’t. “It didn’t get as much press as some of Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen’s other high profile talks to government inquisitors, but last week, Haugen testified before the rather Orwellian International Grand Committee on Disinformation. This is a bizarre ‘committee’ set up by regulators around the world, but its focus — and its members — are kind of notable.”

Scroll India: Sophie Zhang interview: Facebook prioritises Indian power players, not Indian people

Scroll India: Sophie Zhang interview: Facebook prioritises Indian power players, not Indian people. “Sophie Zhang knows all too well the influence Facebook can wield over a society. As a data scientist working at the tech giant, she saw up close the social media platform being exploited to undermine political systems around the world, including India. So, in 2020, she wrote a 7,800-word memo, laying out damning details of ‘Facebook’s failures’.”

The AP Interview: Facebook whistleblower fears the metaverse (Associated Press)

Associated Press: The AP Interview: Facebook whistleblower fears the metaverse. ” Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen warned Tuesday that the ‘metaverse,’ the all-encompassing virtual reality world at the heart of the social media giant’s growth strategy, will be addictive and rob people of yet more personal information while giving the embattled company another monopoly online. In an interview with The Associated Press, Haugen said her former employer rushed to trumpet the metaverse recently because of the intense pressure it is facing after she revealed deep-seated problems at the company, in disclosures that have energized legislative and regulatory efforts around the world to crack down on Big Tech.”

CNN: Facebook says it’s facing ‘government investigations’ related to whistleblower documents

CNN: Facebook says it’s facing ‘government investigations’ related to whistleblower documents. “‘Beginning in September 2021, we became subject to government investigations and requests relating to a former employee’s allegations and release of internal company documents concerning, among other things, our algorithms, advertising and user metrics, and content enforcement practices, as well as misinformation and other undesirable activity on our platform, and user well-being,’ the company said in its quarterly earnings filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).”

New York Times: Facebook Faces a Public Relations Crisis. What About a Legal One?

New York Times: Facebook Faces a Public Relations Crisis. What About a Legal One?. “Whistle-blowers have filed at least nine complaints to the agency, which has oversight of public companies like Facebook, using a selection of the internal documents to argue that Facebook misled investors with a rosier picture of the company than they knew to be true. The S.E.C. can impose big fines for misleading investors and impose restrictions on corporate leaders. A case from securities regulators is probably far from a slam dunk, several legal experts said. The accusations in the complaints don’t appear to be quite as clear-cut as many other accounting and fraud cases taken up by the agency, they said.”

BBC: Frances Haugen says Facebook is ‘making hate worse’

BBC: Frances Haugen says Facebook is ‘making hate worse’. “Whistleblower Frances Haugen has told MPs Facebook is ‘unquestionably making hate worse’, as they consider what new rules to impose on big social networks. Ms Haugen was talking to the Online Safety Bill committee in London. She said Facebook safety teams were under-resourced, and ‘Facebook has been unwilling to accept even little slivers of profit being sacrificed for safety’.”

Bloomberg: Google Whistle-Blower Says Speaking Out Is Harder Than It Seems

Bloomberg: Google Whistle-Blower Says Speaking Out Is Harder Than It Seems. “Facebook Inc. whistle-blower Frances Haugen has received plaudits from Congress and appeared prepared and confident in interviews and testimony. But her experience is far from typical for employees seeking to hold Big Tech accountable. Just ask Chelsey Glasson, who sued Google for discrimination.”

Washington Post: New whistleblower claims Facebook allowed hate, illegal activity to go unchecked

Washington Post: New whistleblower claims Facebook allowed hate, illegal activity to go unchecked. “A new whistleblower affidavit submitted by a former Facebook employee Friday alleges that the company prizes growth and profits over combating hate speech, misinformation and other threats to the public, according to a copy of the document obtained by The Washington Post.”

Associated Press: The Facebook Papers

Associated Press: The Facebook Papers. “COMING MONDAY: The Facebook Papers represents a unique collaboration between 17 American news organizations, including The Associated Press. Journalists from a variety of newsrooms, large and small, worked together to gain access to thousands of pages of internal company documents obtained by Frances Haugen, the former Facebook product manager-turned-whistleblower.”

New York Times: Facebook clamps down on its internal message boards.

New York Times: Facebook clamps down on its internal message boards.. “Many Facebook employees join online discussion groups on Workplace, an internal message board that workers use to communicate and collaborate with one another. In the announcement on Tuesday, the company said it was making some groups focused on platform safety and protecting elections, an area known broadly as ‘integrity,’ private instead of public within the company, limiting who can view and participate in the discussion threads.”

Washington Post: Facebook whistleblower eyes state AGs, expanding regulatory threat beyond Washington

Washington Post: Facebook whistleblower eyes state AGs, expanding regulatory threat beyond Washington . “State attorneys general played a critical role in curtailing the power of the tobacco industry. Now lawyers representing Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen are targeting attorneys general in states like California and Massachusetts in the hopes they could play a similar role in imposing limits on the social network.”