The former product manager referred to a series of links between Facebook activity and deadly violence in Myanmar and Ethiopia, and spying by China and Iran.
“My fear is that without action, the divisive and extremist behaviors we see today are just the beginning. What we have seen in Myanmar and now in Ethiopia are the first chapters of such a terrifying story that nobody wants to read the end of it, ”Haugen said. said, referring to recent bloodshed in both countries.
“You could actually find the Chinese, relying on them to do this stuff,” she said.
Haugen’s team also observed “the active participation of, say, the Iranian government spying on other state actors. It is certainly something happening,” she said.
This summer, Mike Dvilyanski, Facebook’s head of cyber espionage investigations, told CNN that the company had disabled “less than 200 operational accounts” on its platform associated with the Iranian spy campaign, and informed a number Similar to Facebook users that they might have been targeted by the group.
Haugen, however, blamed “a constant understaffing of the counterintelligence intelligence operation and the (Facebook) terror team” for the continued proliferation of such threats, and said she also spoke with other parts of Congress.
Engagement based ranking
“I encourage the reform of these platforms, not by picking and choosing individual ideas, but by making the ideas safer, less edgy, less viral, because that’s how we solve these problems in an evolutionary way. “she said.
While Facebook has developed measures to mitigate the danger, they are applied unevenly across languages of the world, Haugen said.
“Facebook also knows, they admitted in public, that engagement-based ranking is dangerous without integrity and security systems, but it then failed to deploy those integrity and security systems in most. languages of the world, and that’s what causes things like ethnic violence in Ethiopia.
Following the hearing, Facebook released a statement attempting to discredit Haugen and challenging “his characterization” of many issues.
“We don’t agree with her description of the many issues she has testified to. Despite all of this, we agree on one thing: it’s time to start creating standard rules for the Internet.”