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Facebook whistleblower launches nonprofit to deal with harms created by social media

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Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen is launching a nonprofit organization that may seek solutions to harms created by social media, she said on Thursday.

The previous product manager at Facebook, since renamed Meta Platforms, made headlines last yr after coming out because the source of 1000’s of leaked internal documents, which she said detailed the social media company’s failures to guard teen girls on Instagram and clamp down on vaccine misinformation.

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

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Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen launched a nonprofit to deal with social media harms. Pictured: Haugen speaks onstage through the 2022 SXSW Conference and Festivals in Austin, Texas, on March 14, 2022.
(Amanda Stronza/Getty Images )

Her nonprofit, Beyond the Screen, will create an open database to document ways in which Big Tech firms are failing their “ethical obligations to society” and description possible solutions, in keeping with a press release.

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It’s going to partner with Project Liberty, a corporation working to construct a recent operating protocol for social networking, and Common Sense Media, which advocates for protected media content for teenagers.

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