This week, a familiar Facebook critic re-emerged to offer her help in revealing the inner workings of Facebook to interested lawmakers. Former Facebook data engineer Sophie Zhang revealed that not only has she turned over documentation to federal authorities over “potential criminal violations” that the company may have committed, but she also said she’s willing to testify before Congress about it.
Zhang first gained public attention last year for leaking a 6,600-word memo she wrote on her way out the door at Facebook, blasting the company for not doing enough to protect users. Now, she has thrown her hat in the ring to help fellow Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen expose the company’s problems for the world to see.
“I provided detailed documentation regarding potential criminal violations to a U.S. law enforcement agency. My understanding is that the investigation is still ongoing,” Zhang tweeted.
“If Congress wishes for me to testify, I will fulfill my civic duty, as I’ve publicly stated for the past half year,” she added later.
While Facebook has attempted to downplay these leaks at every turn, it has rapidly become one of the biggest crises the company has faced in a decade. And with more whistleblowers coming out of the woodwork, it doesn’t appear to be ending anytime soon.
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