Facebook whistleblower claims company contributed to attack on Capitol Hill

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A Facebook whistleblower will say that thousands of pages of internal company research it turned over to federal regulators proves the social media giant is deceptively claiming the effectiveness of its efforts to stamp out hatred and disinformation and contributed to the Jan.6 attack on the Capitol in Washington. DC.

The former employee is expected to voice her allegations and reveal her identity in an interview broadcast Sunday night on CBS 60 minutes before a scheduled appearance at a Senate hearing on Tuesday.

In a 1,500-word internal memo titled Our Position on Polarization and the Elections sent on Friday, Facebook Vice President of Global Affairs Nick Clegg acknowledged that the whistleblower would accuse the company of helping the January 6 Capitol riot and called them “deceitful”.

The note was first reported by The New York Times.

The January 6 insurgency was led by a pro-Trump mob who sought to disrupt Joe Biden’s election as president. The violence and chaos of the attack sent shockwaves through the United States and the rest of the world, leaving dozens injured and five dead.

Clegg, a former British Deputy Prime Minister, said in his memo that Facebook has “developed cutting edge tools to remove hateful content and reduce the distribution of problematic content. As a result, the prevalence of hate speech on our platform has now fallen to around 0.05%. “

He said that many things contributed to the politics of dividing America.

“The rise of polarization has been the subject of much serious academic research in recent years. In truth, there is not much consensus. But the available evidence just doesn’t support the idea that Facebook, or social media in general, is the primary cause of polarization, ”Clegg wrote.

The note comes two weeks after Facebook posted a statement on its corporate website against a series of critical articles in the Wall Street Journal.


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