Facebook whistleblower creates non-profit organization to fight harm caused by social media

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Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen is launching a nonprofit organization that will seek solutions to the harm caused by social media, she said Thursday.

The former product manager at Facebook, which has since been renamed Meta Platforms, made headlines last year after she emerged as the source of thousands of leaked internal documents detailing the social media company’s failure to engage teenage girls Protect Instagram and curb misinformation about vaccines.

Facebook has consistently said it disagrees with Haugen’s characterization.

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Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen has launched a nonprofit organization to fight social media harm. Pictured: Haugen speaks onstage during the 2022 SXSW Conference and Festival in Austin, Texas on March 14, 2022.
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Her nonprofit Beyond the Screen will create an open database to document how big tech companies are failing to meet their “ethical obligations to society” and outline possible solutions, according to a press release.

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It will work with Project Liberty, an organization working to develop a new operating protocol for social networks, and Common Sense Media, which advocates for safe media content for children.