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Facebook products’harm children, stoke division,’ whistleblower says


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Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen testified before the US Congress on Tuesday, telling lawmakers the social media giant knew its apps were harming the mental health of some young users. Here are some comments from the committee hearing:

FRANCES HAUGEN, FACEBOOK WHISTLEBLOWER

“I’m here today because I believe Facebook’s products harm children, stoke division and weaken our democracy.”

“There is no one currently holding Mark (Zuckerberg, the Facebook chief executive) to account. The buck stops with Mark.”

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US SENATOR AMY KLOBUCHAR, DEMOCRAT FROM MINNESOTA

“When they allowed 99% of violent content to remain unchecked on their platform including the lead-up to the Jan. 6 insurrection, what did they do? Now we know Mark Zuckerberg was going sailing.”

US SENATOR ROGER WICKER, REPUBLICAN FROM MISSISSIPPI

“Children of America are hooked on their product. There is cynical knowledge on behalf of these Big Tech companies that this is true.”

US SENATOR RICHARD BLUMENTHAL, DEMOCRAT FROM CONNECTICUT

“The damage to self-interest and self-worth inflicted by Facebook today will haunt a generation.”

“Big Tech now faces the Big Tobacco jaw-dropping moment of truth.”

(Reporting by Sheila Dang in Dallas; Editing by Howard Goller)



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