Facebook Won’t Change If ‘Only Incentive is Profit,’ Haugen Says

Dec. 1, 2021, 9:00 PM

The whistle-blower who revealed thousands of internal Facebook documents urged Congress on Wednesday to change social media’s business incentives so platforms are forced to consider long-term harms to users and society, rather than just short-term profits.

Speaking before the House subcommittee on technology, Frances Haugen, a former Facebook product manager, said the best strategy for legislation would focus on product design and transparency to “open up the black box at Facebook.” She warned against rules that target specific kinds of content.

But the urgency with which she and other witnesses called for tech industry guardrails was met with partisan ...

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