You can describe Frances Haugen as a former Facebook employee, a heroine; and the Facebook whistleblower who will testify before the U.S Senate Subcommittee on product safety, data security, and consumer protection after she revealed documents to the Wall Street Journal.
“The thing I saw at Facebook over and over again was there were conflicts of interest between what was good for the public and what was good for Facebook. And Facebook, over and over again, chose to optimize for its own interests, like making more money.”
“Furthermore, Haugen secretly copied tens of thousands of pages of Facebook internal research. She says evidence shows that the company is lying to the public about making significant progress against hate, violence and misinformation.”
“Facebook has demonstrated they cannot act independently Facebook, over and over again, has shown it chooses profit over safety. It is subsidizing, it is paying for its profits with our safety. I’m hoping that this will have had a big enough impact on the world that they get the fortitude and the motivation to actually go put those regulations into place. That’s my hope.”
Frances Haugen Bio Facts
- 37-year-old Frances Haugen the daughter of two educators was born and raised in Iowa City, Iowa. She holds a degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Olin College and a MBA from Harvard.
- She was a debater at Iowa City West High School and a teaching assistant at Olin College, before founding and co-e4diting the Olin College Yearbook.
- In October 2006, Frances joined Google as an associate product manager; two years later she became product manager and software engineer in October 2009.
- Subsequently, in February 2011, co-founded the dating app called Hinge. From April 2015 to August 2016, was a product manager at Yelp.
- After Yelp, she was hired as a product manager at Pinterest; later on, held the same position at Facebook since June 2019.