Frances Haugen is a former employee of Facebook who appeared recently on 60 minutesShe testified in Congress and has an agenda. It isn’t about uncovering dark truths about her ex-employer.
In actuality, Haugen wants Congress to crack down on what she calls “misinformation” perpetuated on Facebook and other social media platforms.
According to Haugen, “When we live in an information environment that is full of angry, hateful, polarizing content, it erodes our civic trust, it erodes our faith in each other, it erodes our ability to want to care for each other, the version of Facebook that exists today is tearing our societies apart and causing ethnic violence around the world.”
Haugen is therefore asking the federal government for anti-free speech regulations to be imposed on Facebook and other major social media platforms.
Specifically, Haugen wants the federal government to create an oversight board that would be responsible for removing “misinformation” from Facebook and other social media platforms.
Indeed, this is personal for Haugen, who claims she took the job as head of Facebook’s Civil Integrity unit after she lost a friend to “misinformation” and “online conspiracy theories.”
Haugen described it as follows: 60 minutes, her tenure as Facebook’s head of the Civil Integrity department was short-lived. “They told us, ‘We’re dissolving Civic Integrity.’ Like, they basically said, ‘Oh good, we made it through the election. There wasn’t riots. We can get rid of Civic Integrity now.’ Fast forward a couple months, we got the insurrection. And when they got rid of Civic Integrity, it was the moment where I was like, ‘I don’t trust that they’re willing to actually invest what needs to be invested to keep Facebook from being dangerous.’”
That’s it. Haugen’s beef with Facebook is not about protecting users, it is about silencing people she disagrees with.
In her opening remarks before the Senate Commerce subcommittee she made this clear.
According to Haugen, Facebook peddles misinformation and products that “stoke division” and “weaken our democracy.” She also claims that Facebook allowing users to post what she deems as “misinformation” is bad for the “common good.”
Haugen even believes that Facebook’s reluctance to remove all “misinformation” is akin to Big Tobacco hiding the fact that cigarette smoking caused cancer.
“When we realized big tobacco was hiding the harms it caused, the government took action. After we discovered that car seats were more secure with belts in them, the government took immediate action. When our government discovered that opioids were threatening lives, it took swift action. I implore you to do the same here,” she testified.
Haugen’s reliance on this straw man argument confirms her censorship agenda and blatant bias against free speech.
It’s absurd to make a comparison between Big Tobacco’s actions in 1950s and semi-open forums like Facebook.
Facebook has been known to go out of their way over the years in order to suppress free speech, even though it is misinforming. There are many examples of Facebook and other social media companies suppressing freedom speech.
It is interesting that the majority of people being silenced are on the right side. Facebook is notorious for censoring prominent left-leaning people and organizations. It’s almost impossible to find examples.
Haugen, and others like her, don’t think that this is enough. Facebook and social media platforms shouldn’t be treated like modern towns squares where everyone is entitled to their opinion.
In Haugen’s Orwellian vision, Facebook would become the Ministry of Truth. Big Brother would also have full control over the content of misinformation.
In other words, Haugen wants the federal government to use Facebook as a conduit to do its dirty, unconstitutional work of censoring Americans’ free speech rights. Haugen isn’t a whistleblower as such. In fact, Haugen is more of a federal agent.
Chris Talgo((*() [email protected]The Heartland Institute’s senior editor.