Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has spent months preparing for this week. And it still got off to a much worse start than even he could have imagined.
Ahead of congressional hearings on the company this week, Facebook employee-turned-whistleblower Frances Haugen leaked internal company documents appearing to show the world’s biggest social media platform prioritized profits over the public good—at the expense of everything from democratic stability and civil discourse to the mental health of teenagers.
Haugen, hired in 2019 to address misinformation circulating on Facebook, shared the documents with The Wall Street Journal, which published a series of articles about them last month. On Sunday night, Haugen appeared on 60 Minutes, claiming the company is lying about making progress against hate, violence and misinformation on the platform.