LONDON — Regulators have a small window of opportunity to act on the spread of hate speech and other harmful content on Facebook, whistleblower Frances Haugen told U.K. lawmakers Monday.
"When an oil spill happens, it doesn't make it harder for us to regulate oil companies," Haugen said at a hearing in U.K. Parliament on new legislation aimed at tackling harmful content online.
"Right now, Facebook is closing the door on us being able to act. We have a slight window of time to regain people control over AI."
Haugen hit the headlines earlier this month when she was revealed to be the whistleblower behind the leak of a cache of internal Facebook documents that, most notably, showed the company was aware of the harm caused by its Instagram app to teens' mental health.
The ex-Facebook employee testified in U.S. Congress, accusing company management of prioritizing "profits before people," a claim CEO Mark Zuckerberg described as "just not true."
It marks one of the biggest crises in recent history for Facebook, and arrives as regulators around the world look to curb the sheer power and influence of America's tech giants.
Over the weekend, a flood of new reports emerged based on additional leaked information from Haugen.
Source : https://www.cnbc.com/2021/10/25/facebook-whistleblower-frances-haugen-testifies-in-uk-parliament.html241