Sophie Zhang, a former Facebook data analyst, said she had provided US law enforcement with “detailed documentation of potential criminal offenses.” In addition, she expressed her willingness to testify before Congress.
Ms. Zhang was interviewed by CNN and applauded the cohesion of both major US political parties in denouncing Facebook after former employee Frances Haugen spoke in the Senate. In particular, Hagen said that the company’s priority is profit, and not the safety of users on Facebook and Instagram platforms.
Zhang was fired from Facebook in August 2020, but before leaving, she posted a 7,800-word memo similarly describing how she believed the company had allowed authoritarian regimes around the world to manipulate the platform. She handed over the relevant documents to representatives of law enforcement agencies, but did not specify with which agency she began to cooperate. “There is blood on my hands,” Zhang’s note reads. And she was fired for alleged “poor work”. She published her confession on the internal resource of the company, and also posted a note on her personal website. In July, she reported that Facebook filed a complaint with her hosting provider, after which the site was taken down.
In response to a request from Insider for comment on Zhang’s words, a Facebook spokesman said that the platform’s security program budget is $ 13 billion. 40,000 people are involved in this issue, they check content in 50 languages of the world, and the company has offices in 20 locations around the world. Since 2017, the security service has eliminated more than 150 groups of fake users in 50 countries around the world. He also stated that the company is responsible for ensuring the safety of users.
At the same time, as noted by Francis Hagen, Facebook lacks the resources to combat abuse of users who publish content in languages other than English. However, according to the head of the company Mark Zuckerberg (Mark Zuckerberg), Hagen’s testimony creates a “false picture” of Facebook.