A pure product of Silicon Valley, the former Facebook employee leaked hundreds of embarrassing internal documents for the social media giant in 2021. Frances Haugen decided not to stop there. The engineer announced on Thursday, September 22, the launch of an organization in charge of cleaning up social networks.
Named Beyond the Screen, this NGO “will focus on concrete solutions to help users regain control of their social media experience”the whistleblower said in a statement.
Its purpose is to provide users “tangible solutions” to help them take control of their use of the Platforms. “Social networks can allow us to give the best of ourselves, and that is what Beyond the Screen will work for”she added.
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According to the press release, the organization will create an open source database to document legal and ethical violations of major platforms and identify solutions.
Frances Haugen made a name for herself a year ago by leaking more than 20,000 pages of internal Facebook documents and repeating to several parliaments that the social network put profits before the safety of its users. Meta, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram, denies these allegations.
“We are seeing a coordinated effort to selectively use internal documents to paint a false image of our company”Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg reacted during the company’s quarterly results presentation in October 2021.
Beyond the Screen is funded by Project Liberty, an initiative of American businessman and Olympique de Marseille owner Frank McCourt, and the independent organization Common Sense Media.