A. Facebook Whistleblower He revealed his identity in an interview on Sunday night while trashing the social media giant for prioritizing content distribution over security to make more profit.
Francis Hagen, 37, spoke publicly for the first time since leaving Facebook in May when the company shut down its unit that tried to address him. Incorrect information on popular platforms.
Before leaving the company, Hagen copied thousands of pages of internal documents to support his claims – some of which had already been reported.
“What I saw over and over again on Facebook was a conflict of interest between what was good for the public and what was good for Facebook,” Hogan told CBS’s “60 Minutes.” ”
“Facebook, again and again, chooses to improve for its own benefit, like making more money,” Hagen said.
Hagen, a data scientist from Iowa, linked Facebook to inactivity in squashing misinformation. January 6 US capital riots..
Following the Polarizing 2020 election, Hagen said the company got rid of the Civic Integrity Unit and disabled some of the security features it had put in place to reduce misinformation.
“We are dismantling civic integrity,” he told us. Like, he basically said, “Oh well, we made it through the election. There was no fuss. We can get rid of Civic Integrity now,” Hagen said.
“Go ahead for a few months, we’ve got a revolt.”
“As soon as the election was over, they returned it or changed the settings as before, to prioritize security over development,” Hagen said of the features.
“And it really feels like a betrayal of democracy for me.”
Facebook told CBS that the work done by the disbanded department has been allocated internally to other units.
Hagen told host Scott Pele that Facebook enables distributed content to thrive because of changes to its algorithm in 2018 based on its previous engagement to content for individual accounts. Preferred.
“One of the consequences of how Facebook is picking up content today is that it is optimizing for content that is engaging or responsive,” Hagen said.
“But his own research shows that hateful material, which is divisive, that is polarizing, is easier to provoke than anger,” Hogan said.
Facebook has found that if they secure the algorithm, people will spend less time on the site, they will click on fewer ads, and they will make less money.
Hagen is set to testify before Congress this week. She has already addressed anonymous complaints against the company with federal officials.
In an interview aired Sunday, Hagen said he had obtained an 2019 internal report detailing arguments by European political parties over the content that dominated his platform due to his algorithm. Has gone
Hagen said the parties strongly feel that changes to the algorithm have forced them to bow negatively in their communications on Facebook.
In a “60 Minutes” statement, Facebook denied allegations that the company encouraged harmful content.
“We continue to make significant improvements to deal with the spread of misinformation and harmful content. To suggest that we encourage bad content and do nothing is simply not true,” the company said.
“If any research had identified the exact solution to these complex challenges, the tech industry, governments and society would have solved them much earlier.”