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Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen to give evidence to UK Parliament

11 October 2021

Evidence session on Monday 25October from 2.30pm.

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Frances Haugen, the Facebook whistleblower and former product manager at the company, will give evidence to the UK Parliament’s Joint Committee on the draft Online Safety Bill on Monday 25 October from 2.30pm.

This follows her testimony to the US Congress on 5 October. It will be the first public evidence she has given in Europe regarding her experiences at the company and her ideas to regulate social media.

Damian Collins MP, Chair of the Committee, said:

"Frances Haugen's evidence has so far strengthened the case for an independent regulator with the power to audit and inspect the big tech companies.

"Mark Zuckerberg and Nick Clegg have complained that she has only presented a partial view of the company, whereas they want to stop any insights into how the company manages harmful content to get into the public domain, unless they have personally approved them.

"There needs to be greater transparency on the decisions companies like Facebook take when they trade off user safety for user engagement. We look forward to discussing these issues with Frances Haugen."

Her evidence will inform the Committee’s work in shaping the Online Safety Bill, a seminal piece of legislation aimed at regulating social media due to be put before Parliament for approval in 2022.

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