Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen said she was “cautiously optimistic” about Elon Musk’s purchase of Twitter.
Haugen testified last year to Congress that Facebook favored its own profit over the safety of others and encouraged content moderation.
Fox News reported that she said that Mark Zuckerberg has too many people around him who “tell him what he wants to hear.” She said that Musk handled feedback better.
Haugen expressed concern that Facebook would rationalize that it couldn’t do more than what is required by the market. Elon could use this opportunity to demonstrate that there is another way.
She hoped that Musk would “increase transparency” on Twitter.
Trustworthiness is a key part of a system such as Twitter that is so critical for democratic processes. Haugen stated that at the moment, trust is somewhat in flux in Twitter. “The most important thing is number one.” [Elon]Transparency is something that you can achieve. Transparency is how he’s going to go to prove that he’s acting in ways that are aligned with the public good and it’s how he’s going to build trust in his ability to run the system.”
She praised Musk’s commitment to shutting down spam bot accounts.
This kind of action can be dangerous when you own a publicly traded company as it will result in fewer users,” she said. It’s clear that Elon wants to make structural changes. This may be a positive sign. Twitter was not as courageous to try to change their numbers every quarter, which meant they were unable to control the users.
Haugen remained firm in her position on the Facebook issues.
She said that “I have maintained from my first testimony that I believe a lot the problems we are facing on social media is a result of our business model.” Meta should also be open about its safety plan, she said.
“When [Mark Zuckerberg]They spent five minutes making empty platitudes regarding safety by design when they first announced the metaverse,” she stated.”We should be like, ‘Hey, publish your safety by design plan.’ Don’t tell us, show us, because I think they’re going to reproduce all the challenges they face on Facebook only with a platform that’s more immersive and more decentralized.”