This week, Facebook’s global head of safety Antigone Davis appeared before the U.S. senate to answer for a recent series of bombshell reports in The Wall Street Journal. Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle are demanding answers about some of Facebook’s practices revealed in the leaks — especially if the company has known that its products can be harmful to young users.
For her part, Davis said that she “strongly disagreed” with how the WSJ’s reporting characterized Facebook’s internal research. However, several lawmakers pushed back strongly, questioning how the company can deny the alleged effect it has on young users.
“I don’t understand, Ms. Davis, how you can deny that Instagram isn’t exploiting young users for its own profits,” Sen. Richard Blumenthal said. “I ask you to commit to make full disclosure all of the thousands of pages of documents that the whistleblower has, and more that can be made available.”
While Facebook likely hopes that it can bluff through these hearings as usual, the unidentified whistleblower who released many of these documents is set to testify before the senate next week. In other words, the problems are just getting started for Facebook no matter what it says.
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