There’s more trouble in Zuck-town.
A new Facebook whistleblower has told the Securities and Exchange Commission under penalty of perjury that the company has constantly shrugged off concerns about hate speech and misinformation in pursuit of growth, the Washington Post reported on Friday.
Like Frances Haugen, another former Facebook employee-turned-whisteblower who testified in Congress earlier this month, the new whistleblower is reportedly an ex-member of the company’s “integrity team.”
The new whistleblower, whose name has not been disclosed, reportedly told the SEC that Facebook executives undermined attempts to fight misinformation and hate speech during the Trump administration because they thought such efforts would slow the company’s growth — and because they were afraid of the president and his political allies.
Facebook leadership also had a blasé attitude about legislators’ efforts to investigate the company, according to the report.
“It will be a flash in the pan. Some legislators will get pissy,” Facebook communications official Tucker Bounds said in 2017, according to the reported whistleblower. “And then in a few weeks they will move on to something else. Meanwhile we are printing money in the basement, and we are fine.”
Bounds, Facebook and the SEC did not immediately reply to requests for comment. Facebook spokeswoman Erin McPike told the Washington Post that “it sets a dangerous precedent to hang an entire story on a single source making a wide range of claims without any apparent corroboration.”