Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen to speak to its Oversight Board

Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen has said that she is more than willing to speak to Facebooks independent Oversight Board anytime shes called upon
Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen has said that she is more than willing to speak to Facebooks independent Oversight Board anytime shes called upon

Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen has said that she is more than willing to speak to Facebook’s independent Oversight Board anytime she’s called upon. Expressing herself in a series of daring tweets on Monday, Haugen insisted that Facebook has been repeatedly dishonest to the board, and now she is looking forward to being able to share the truth with them.

Haugen, who’s a former product manager of Facebook’s civic integrity group, had revealed problems within the company by releasing a large cache of internal Facebook files to the Wall Street Journal. She also made an appearance on 60 Minutes on October 3 before she finally testified before the Congress on October 5. Recall that during that testimony she claimed that Facebook has been “repeatedly” misleading the public with regards to “what its own research reveals about the safety of children and the efficacy of its artificial intelligence systems as a role in spreading divisive and extreme messages.”

However, in what appears to be in line with Haugen’s allegations and testimony, the Oversight Board has posted a statement to its website on Monday. The statement wrote that new information is coming to light with regards to how Facebook handles its content moderation. From the statement, it could be deduced that the board is actually open to a discussion and is seeking to speak with Ms. Haugen on her experiences. Hopefully, Facebook can then push for better accountability and transparency through the case decisions and recommendations.

So far, the board says it is looking into whether Facebook “has been fully forthcoming.” However, the board is yet to reply to a request seeking comment on any particular information it hopes to get from Facebook whistleblower. So what it hopes to discuss with Haugen remains under speculations as we await the meeting, if it ever really does happen.

Facebook’s Oversight Board started hearing appeals of content moderation decisions on Facebook and Instagram since December 2020. The board is made up of independent individuals from around the world, and these individuals are responsible for making what are meant to be final decisions regarding what content the social media platforms should allow or not. For instance, back in May, it was the board that upheld Facebook’s ban on former President Trump.

Facebook has issued no official statement yet and when reached out to on Monday, declined to comment.