New allegations against Facebook over election controversy

The company Facebook does not come to rest. Now new allegations against the social network have become known. These bring the US Securities and Exchange Commission into play.

According to a report, the US Internet giant Facebook is faced with allegations by another ex-employee after the allegations of the whistleblower Frances Haugen. The informant, who was not named, has lodged a complaint with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, reported the Washington Post on Friday. Accordingly, he accuses Facebook of having put its own business interests in the foreground when dealing with problematic content.

In his complaint, the whistleblower reported on internal processes in 2017, when Facebook was faced with the question of how to deal with the controversy surrounding alleged Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election.

Disinformation campaigns downplayed?

“It will be a flash in the pan,” said one of Facebook’s PR managers, Tucker Bounds. “Some MPs will get angry. And in a few weeks they will be busy with something else. In the meantime, we are printing money in the basement and we are fine.”

According to the Washington Post report, the whistleblower accuses Facebook managers of regularly obstructing the fight against disinformation and other problematic content because they were afraid of annoying then US President Donald Trump or of deterring users.

CNN is also making new allegations. Documents, including an internal investigation and a report, showed that Facebook employees were belatedly implementing campaign curb measures and paint a picture of a company that appeared to be unprepared. It was about the stop-the-steal movement that was involved in the Capitol Storm. Among other things, she used Facebook. The information comes from Frances Haugen’s court files.

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The former Facebook product manager Haugen had accused her ex-employer of putting their own profits above the safety of people. “I believe that Facebook’s products harm children, fuel divisions and weaken our democracy,” she said at a hearing in the US Congress in early October.

Facebook has decidedly rejected the allegations. However, the revelations have increased calls for stricter regulations from Facebook and Internet companies as a whole.