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Congress Can't Agree on How to Reform Big Tech. Frances Haugen Says That's What Facebook Wants

Posted On: Jan 17, 2022   |   Posted By: Time

A House hearing on Wednesday, which included new testimony from Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen , laid bare the deep partisan divisions that continue to hamper any legislative or regulatory reforms to hold tech platforms accountable for how they amplify dangerous content.
“Facebook wants you to get caught up in a long, drawn out debate over the minutiae of different legislative approaches,” Haugen, who worked on the company's civic integrity team and leaked tens of thousands of internal company documents, told a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee. “Please don't fall into that trap. Time is of the essence... You have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to create new rules for our online world.”

But Wednesday's hearing-at which lawmakers waved copies of George Orwell's 1984, heatedly disagreed on the very definition of misinformation, and discussed their own “victimization” at the hands of Big Tech censorship-was a reminder of why a slew of recent legislative proposals...

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