EU Lawmakers to Call Facebook Whistleblower to Testify Before Parliament

The European Union may invite a whistleblower who recently revealed Facebook’s unethical practices to testify before the bloc’s parliament.

Frances Haugen, a former Facebook employee, testified against the social media giant before the U.S. Senate on Oct. 5 and is scheduled to do the same in the U.K. Parliament later in October.

Lawmakers of the EU are mulling over inviting Haugen to testify as they work on a content moderation bill known as the Digital Services Act.

Haugen’s testimony may add insights to the European Parliament for the Digital Services Act, which is a regulatory framework that will force tech platforms like Facebook to do more in addressing illegal content.

“The Facebook Files — and the revelations that the whistleblower has presented to us — underscores just how important it is that we do not let the large tech companies regulate themselves,” said Christel Schaldemose, Danish lawmaker and main proponent of the Digital Services Act.

The Facebook Files is a series of investigative reports by the Wall Street Journal which largely sources from Facebook’s internal research turned over by Haugen.

Haugen revealed herself on Oct. 3 in the news show “60 Minutes”, explaining how the social media giant often puts “profit over safety” of its users.


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