Blumenthal calls on Zuckerberg to testify following whistleblower claims

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‘Instead of taking responsibility and showing leadership, Mr Zuckerberg is sailing,’ says Connecticut senator

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Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn. reprimanded Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg for allowing his company to continue practices he deemed harmful, and asked him to come to Capitol Hill and testify under oath.

Blumenthal is the chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, which on Tuesday heard testimony from Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen, who disclosed documents to the Wall Street Journal showing the company was aware of the findings that some products were not available to the public. were harmful – including to children – and chose not to make them safe. According to Haugen, Facebook was more interested in increasing profits.

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“Mark Zuckerberg should look at himself in the mirror today. But instead of taking responsibility and showing leadership, Mr. Zuckerberg is sailing,” Blumenthal said. “His new approach: no apologies, no admission, no action, nothing to see here. Mark Zuckerberg You need to come before this committee, you to France Hougen, us, the world and Parents need to explain. America what you were doing and why.”

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Haugen filed a complaint anonymously with federal law enforcement alleging that Facebook’s own research shows how it fuels hate and misinformation, leading to increased polarization and that Instagram, in particular, It can harm the mental health of teenage girls.

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Blumenthal followed up on that theme, claiming evidence showed Facebook knew their products like Instagram were “harming teens,” but did nothing to change them.

“It doubled down on pushing products on preteens, targeting children … can be addictive and toxic to children.”

Granthshala Business contacted Facebook for comment but did not immediately respond.

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Haugen, Facebook’s former product manager, agreed that Congress should get involved.

“The company’s leadership knows how to make Facebook and Instagram secure and won’t make the necessary changes because they put their huge profits in front of the public,” Haugen said in prepared remarks. “Congress action is needed.”


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