Frances Haugen, a former Fb product supervisor, will seem earlier than a Senate listening to on Tuesday to push for extra regulation of Fb. Under is an excerpt from the opening assertion of her written testimony.
My identify is Frances Haugen. I used to work at Fb and joined as a result of I believe Fb has the potential to convey out the most effective in us. However I’m right here immediately as a result of I consider that Fb’s merchandise hurt kids, stoke division, weaken our democracy and far more. The corporate’s management is aware of methods to make Fb and Instagram safer and gained’t make the required modifications as a result of they’ve put their immense income earlier than individuals. Congressional motion is required. They can not clear up this disaster with out your assist. I consider that social media has the potential to complement our lives and our society. We will have social media we get pleasure from — one which brings out the most effective in humanity. The web has enabled individuals world wide to obtain and share data and concepts in methods by no means conceived of earlier than. And whereas the web has the ability to attach an more and more globalized society, with out cautious and accountable growth, the web can hurt as a lot because it helps.