For weeks, Facebook has dealt with the fallout from a whistleblower who released troves of internal documents detailing the inner workings of the company. Now, Facebook admitted to its shareholders that it could soon face a government investigation into the revelations.
“Beginning in September 2021, we became subject to government investigations and requests relating to a former employee’s allegations and release of internal company documents concerning, among other things, our algorithms, advertising and user metrics, and content enforcement practices, as well as misinformation and other undesirable activity on our platform, and user well-being,” Facebook said in its quarterly earnings filing.
For its part, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is allegedly looking into the leaked documents and examining whether or not Facebook violated its record $5 billion settlement with the government. That original case dealt with the company’s data privacy practices, so it’s entirely possible that this recent slew of leaks could put Facebook and its massive agreement in jeopardy. All in all, Facebook is not a company known for being fully transparent, so the fact that it’s willing to get in front of this investigation suggests it could be coming very soon.
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