FB tried dividing Congress to prevent scrutiny - report

Wednesday, 29. December 2021 17:02

In light of former Facebook Inc. (now Meta Platforms Inc.) employee-turned-whistleblower Frances Haugen's testimony before United States Congress, the company took steps to cause a rift between Republican and Democrat lawmakers to prevent further unified congressional scrutiny and potential legislative moves against the firm, The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday.

Facebook's lobbyists in the US capital started sharing messages to the GOP that the testimony served to help the Democrats, all while telling the Dems that Republicans are trying to score their own political points during Haugen's testimony, according to unnamed sources familiar with the matter.

Within the company, CEO Mark Zuckerberg restricted employee access to sensitive information, especially about research and told staff not to apologize about Facebook policies. On the other hand, he pushed for transformation to Meta to turn the company toward the future. Facebook decided against suing Haugen only due to a possible public backlash of such a move and its effect on the company image, according to the report.

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