Facebook Papers: Company takes heat from lawmakers over leaked docs

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Tech giant criticized by Facebook Papers leak

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Several MPs shared their reaction on this Facebook The papers — a slew of leaked documents revealing the inner workings of the company — and cited them as evidence that the tech giant has gone unaccounted for.

Republicans and Democrats have spoken out over recent revelations about Facebook, with lawmakers in both the House and Senate criticizing the social media giant over leaked internal documents.

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Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark. slammed Facebook for discriminating against “conservative news sources,” telling Granthshala Business in a Monday email that the company was doing so to give Democrat politicians a smoke screen.

Facebook employees claim strategy was ‘hostile’, ‘disrespectful’ towards users, documents show

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“Facebook discriminates against conservative news sources, not because of policy violations, but because Facebook wants to protect Democratic politicians,” Cotton said. “If Facebook is going to act as an offshoot of the Democratic Party, we will treat them as one.”

Reports on whistleblower content paint the market giant’s issues, such as the adverse, lingering effect Instagram reportedly has on the psyche of teenage girls.

“Giant document dump about Facebook shows the company is beset with problem after problem, yet it still brings in $100 billion a year. No company with that kind of problems has that kind of money.” Unless it’s a monopoly. It’s time Congress takes the need to break Big Tech seriously,” Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., told Granthshala Business.

Rep. Madison Cawthorne, RN.C. also took Facebook to work on the report, telling Granthshala Business that the tech giant had “proven itself a cavalier” in its operations and called for them to be disbanded.

“Facebook has repeatedly proven itself with its operating practices and procedures, from the Conservatives’ censorship to the internal suppression of harm caused to the platform,” Cawthorne said. “It’s time to break the big technology and break their grip on the American people. They’ve been unchecked for too long.”

Former company product manager Frances Haugen ignited Facebook’s fire earlier this month when she blew the whistle over an alleged exploit by the tech giant to increase its bottom line of users.

A document shared and reviewed by a media consortium of Granthshala Business and 16 other US news outlets shows employees raised concerns in 2018 that the company was exploiting its users.

“It’s no secret that we’ve often resorted to aggressive tactics in the name of growth and we’ve been deeply sorry about that,” wrote an anonymous Facebook employee in an internal group called “Let’s Fix Facebook.”

“Many employees have described these tips as hostile and abusive to our users, and the response has generally been, that our care metrics were not transferred. [in other words we could get away with them]. Today, the light has changed and all of these tactics are being subjected to the highest level of scrutiny, suggesting that Facebook seeks to profit by exploiting its users.”

Documents from Haugen were funded by media outlets through a congressional source and the documents have been partially modified. Some of the documents involved have been previously reported by The Wall Street Journal, which has published its own series of reports, dubbed Facebook Files.

Facebook spokesman Drew Pusateri told Granthshala Business in an email on Monday that the company itself is pushing for updated Internet rules.

“For two-and-a-half years, we ourselves have been demanding updated rules,” Pusateri said. “Every day, we make difficult decisions about how to draw the line between free expression and harmful speech, privacy, security and other issues, and we use both our own research and research from outside experts to improve our products and policies. make use of.”

“But we shouldn’t make these decisions on our own, which is why we’ve been advocating for updated rules for years where democratic governments set industry standards that we can all follow,” he continued.

Granthshala Business’ Lucas Manfredi contributed reporting.


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