Another Facebook whistleblower says she is willing to testify before Congress. in a CNN interview on Sunday, He again accused the social network of not doing enough to combat hate and misinformation and specifically targeted government influence campaigns in small and developing countries.
Zhang, who has previously spoken about Facebook, also he said in a tweet on Sunday that he had provided “detailed documentation on possible criminal offenses” to a US law enforcement agency, declining to tell CNN which agency he turned over the documents to. Zhang told CNET that he has not spoken or heard from any US lawmakers recently and declined to provide details about the documents he provided to the agency, noting that the investigation is ongoing.
His interview with CNN follows recent allegations by Facebook whistleblower Francis Haugen, who leaked thousands of documents that were used in a Wall Street Journal series in September exposing how much the social network knows about its effects on users. In testimony before the US Senate in early October, Haugen alleged that Facebook products “harm children, fuel division and weaken our democracy.” It is also expected that sheand appear before a committee of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.
Last week, Facebook rejected Haugen’s testimony, saying it disagrees with “his characterization of the many issues he testified about.” The social network also maintains that The Wall Street Journal mischaracterized its internal investigation. However, Nick Clegg, Facebook’s vice president of global affairs and communications, said Sunday thataway from content that “may not be conducive to your well-being.” So the company has .
In a long memo last year seen by BuzzFeed News, Zhang accused Facebook of ignoring fake accounts used to undermine elections and reacting slowly to evidence of coordinated lobbying campaigns. Zhang, who was fired from Facebook, reportedly posted the memo on her last day with the company. She told CNN that Facebook said she was fired due to performance issues.
Facebook said it has invested more than $ 13 billion in security and protection of its platforms, including efforts to eliminate influencer campaigns.
“We have also removed more than 150 networks that seek to manipulate the public debate since 2017, and they have originated in more than 50 countries, with the majority coming from or concentrating outside the United States,” a Facebook spokesperson said Tuesday in a statement. send by email. “Our track record shows that we crack down on abuse abroad with the same intensity that we do in the United States.”
CNET’s Queenie Wong contributed to this report.