A series of Wall Street Journal reports showed proof in recent weeks that Facebook is knowingly taking advantage of the toxicity that can appear on Facebook and Instagram. It’s doing so in an effort to get people to spend more time inside those apps. The polarizing, hate-filled content is what drives people to keep returning to the apps. In turn, Facebook makes more money off of this engagement. Documents from a whistleblower helped The Journal tell a story that Facebook has repeatedly tried to deny — that Facebook’s online properties favor toxic experiences. And we now know who the Facebook whistleblower is because she appeared on CBS News’s 60 Minutes.
Frances Haugen is a 37-year-old data scientist who worked at Facebook up until May. That’s when she left with tens of thousands of documents that prove Facebook is aware of its social networks’ toxicity. Yet, it’s not doing everything it can do to create safer products for the billions of people using Facebook’s apps.
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