Facebook will incite more violent unrest around the world if it does not stop its algorithms that enforce extreme content and content that causes division, said Monday in the British Parliament’s whistleblower Francis Hogen, a former Facebook employee, who has tens of thousands of pages of internal research and documents.
Hogen, who accused the technology giant of putting profits above people in the Senate subcommittee earlier this month, said she was encouraged by UK plans to force large technology companies to handle malicious content on their platforms.
According to her, the company considered online security as a cost and perfected a start-up culture in which it is good to work.
“There is no doubt that it exacerbates hatred,” Hogen said.
With a focus on the United States, the company was deliberately blind to influence in many markets where the lack of staff in the local language caused it to often not understand the toxic or dangerous nature of messages on the platform, she pointed out, RTS reports.
The world’s largest social network has rejected those accusations and CEO Mark Zuckerberg said earlier this month that it is illogical to claim that Facebook deliberately pushed content that makes people angry.
“Contrary to what was discussed during the trial, we have always had a commercial incentive to remove harmful content from our sites. “People do not want to see it when they use our applications, and advertisers do not want their ads to be next to them,” Facebook said in a statement.
The statement said $ 13 billion had been spent on user safety and that industry-wide regulation was needed.
Britain adopts laws that could penalize social media companies up to 10 percent of their revenue if they do not remove or restrict the distribution of illegal content.
Through her legal adviser Hogenov, she submitted more than 10,000 pages of internal Facebook documents to the Security Commission and Congress in edited form.
The edited versions were reviewed by a consortium of 17 US news organizations.
The consortium began publishing a series of stories on Friday – collectively called “Facebook papers” based on the company’s internal documents.
They provide insight into the internal culture of Facebook, its access to misinformation and moderation of hate speech, internal research on its news algorithm, internal communication ….