Facebook Whistleblower Frances Haugen Secures Book Deal

Frances Haugen, the Facebook Whistleblower who leaked tens of thousands of pages of company documents to the U.S. authorities and the press has secured a book deal.

Little, Brown & Company bought on Thursday Frances Haugen’s planned memoir, “Offering a Critical Examination of Facebook.” The title and publishing date of the book is yet to be determined. The financial details were not provided.

In Senate evidence in October, Haugen said that the firm had neglected to make improvements to Instagram despite internal studies indicating obvious harm to certain youths and that it had not done enough to address hate speech and disinformation. 

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has rejected her claims, calling them a “false image” of the firm, but agreed with her that the government’s internet legislation needed to be updated.

Haugen is a data specialist from Iowa City, Iowa, with a degree in electrical and computer engineering from Olin College and a master’s degree in management from Harvard. 

Haugen had already worked for internet businesses such as Google and Yelp for 15 years before being hired by Facebook in 2019 and joined its civic integrity team as a lead product manager.

According to Haugen, Facebook will shutter the civic integrity section after the November 2020 election.

According to Facebook, the unit was not abolished, but it was merged into a broader team. 

Haugen said that she felt concerned that the corporation could not be trusted to “really invest what needs to be invested to protect Facebook from being hazardous.”

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