‘Terrifying’: Facebook whistleblower cites violence in Myanmar and Ethiopia, spying by China and Iran
By Caitlin Hu, CNN
The former product manager referenced a series of links between activity on Facebook and deadly violence in Myanmar and Ethiopia, and spying by China and Iran.
“My fear is that without action, divisive and extremist behaviors we see today are only the beginning. What we saw in Myanmar and now in Ethiopia are the opening chapters of a story so terrifying no one wants to read the end of it,” Haugen said, referring to recent bloodshed in both countries.
Facebook admitted in 2018 that it failed to do enough
to prevent the spread of posts whipping up hatred against the persecuted Rohingya minority in Myanmar. It has since vowed to limit the spread of “misinformation”
in the country after a military coup earlier this year.
Asked by one senator whether Facebook is used by “authoritarian or terrorist-based leaders” around the world, Haugen
responded that such use of the platform is “definitely” happening, and that Facebook is “very aware” of it.
Her last role at Facebook was with the company’s counterespionage team, which she says “directly worked on tracking Chinese participation on the platform
, surveilling, say, Uyghur populations around the world.”