A brand new Facebook whistleblower has instructed the Securities and Exchange Commission below penalty of perjury that the corporate has continuously shrugged off issues about hate speech and misinformation in pursuit of development, the Washington Post reported on Friday.
Like Frances Haugen, one other former Facebook employee-turned-whisteblower who testified in Congress earlier this month, the brand new whistleblower is reportedly an ex-member of the corporate’s “integrity team.”
The new whistleblower, whose title has not been disclosed, reportedly instructed the SEC that Facebook executives undermined makes an attempt to struggle misinformation and hate speech in the course of the Trump administration as a result of they thought such efforts would gradual the corporate’s development — and since they have been afraid of the president and his political allies.
Facebook management additionally had a blasé perspective about legislators’ efforts to research the corporate, in accordance with the report.
“It will be a flash in the pan. Some legislators will get pissy,” Facebook communications official Tucker Bounds mentioned in 2017, in accordance with the reported whistleblower. “And then in a few weeks they will move on to something else. Meanwhile we are printing money in the basement, and we are fine.”
Bounds, Facebook and the SEC didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark. Facebook spokeswoman Erin McPike instructed the Washington Post that “it sets a dangerous precedent to hang an entire story on a single source making a wide range of claims without any apparent corroboration.”
A supply who labored at Facebook on the similar time the whistleblower was there instructed The New York Post that the alleged quote from Bounds sounds correct.
“That’s how Tucker talks,” the previous worker mentioned. “The Tucker quote, as much as I disagree with it, really does reflect the attitude during 2017.”
Bounds and the SEC didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark.
Facebook spokeswoman Erin McPike mentioned in a press release that the story was “beneath the Washington Post, which during the last five years would only report stories after deep reporting with corroborating sources.”
The new whistleblower additionally mentioned that Facebook’s public coverage staff defended sustaining a “white list” of Trump-friendly web sites together with Breitbart news, which the corporate exempted from its guidelines towards spreading false news news, in accordance with the report.
When Facebook public coverage chief Joel Kaplan was questioned in regards to the whitelist, he reportedly responded by saying, “Do you want to start a fight with Steve Bannon?”
McPike mentioned within the assertion that “there has never been a whitelist that exempts publishers, including Breitbart, from Facebook’s rules against misinformation.”
But the previous Facebook worker instructed the New York Post that the whistleblower was precisely describing the corporate’s strategy to content material moderation in the course of the Trump administration — together with the Breitbart exemption.
“That’s how Facebook ran during the Trump administration,” the previous worker mentioned. “They broke the rules and did whatever they needed to keep him and his preferred news sources happy.”
“I was not in that purported meeting but that’s exactly something that Joel Kaplan would say on a call,” the previous worker added.
The new whistleblower seems to have labored with a gaggle known as the Alliance to Counter Crime Online, which mentioned on Twitter that it submitted the whistleblower’s tip to the SEC on Friday morning.
“Our filing shows that #Facebook security officials realized 10+ yrs ago that they could not remove toxicity on its platforms and remain profitable,” mentioned the group, which is led by ex-ABC News journalist Gretchen Peters.