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Facebook Oversight Board to hear whistleblower Frances Haugen

Facebook Oversight Board to hear whistleblower Frances Haugen

California: The social media giant Facebook announced in a post on Monday that Facebook Oversight Board (FOB), its' independent "Supreme Court", will meet with company whistleblower Frances Haugen, Business Insider reported. Haugen had made a series of bombshell claims about the tech giant.

Facebook said that new information about its approach to content moderation has come to light as a consequence of a former employee, Haugen's, actions in recent weeks. As she had made serious claims about the company, it had extended Haugen an invitation to speak to the FOB, which she has accepted, it said in its post. The Board members appreciate the chance to discuss Haugen's experiences and gather information that can help to create greater transparency and accountability from Facebook through its case decisions and recommendations, the company added.

Haugen tweeted on Monday that she would meet the FOB. She added that Facebook has lied to the board repeatedly, and she is looking forward to sharing the truth with them.

Haugen has revealed earlier this month that she is the former Facebook employee responsible for leaking tens of thousands 0f pages of internal documents that became the foundation for a Wall Street Journal investigation into the company. The Wall Street Journal's first story on the investigation found that Facebook has a secret system that lets 5.8 million users, such as politicians and celebrities, evade the company's rules on content.

More articles out of the investigation said that Facebook's internal teams were aware that Instagram worsens body image issues for many teen girls that the company spoke about wanting to "leverage playdates'' to get children and tweens (children aged between 9 to 12) onto its platform, Business Insider reports.

Last week, Haugen also testified in a Senate hearing that Facebook repeatedly resolved conflicts in favour of its own profits. But the company's CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, responded to Haugen's testimony that many of her claims don't make sense, and she is painting a false picture of his company.

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