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Facebook “whistleblower”: Not a fighter for democracy

The statements of the so-called whistleblower Frances Haugen about her former employer Facebook read like a socialist manifesto for the digital age. "I believe that Facebook's products harm children, fuel divisions and weaken our democracy," is just one of the morally sour statements that the 37-year-old recently made with great verve to a committee of the American Senate.

The alleged revelations presented by the former insider contain a lot that has been known for a long time, even more of her own opinion and very little concrete or even new. Her theses - such as the one according to which the US company puts its own astronomical profits above the welfare of the people - appear very idealistic at best; but should at most attract those behind the stove who always thought that Facebook was a casual, humorous student project with a charitable claim.

The most valid point in the criticism of the ex-Facebook employee is her demand for more transparency in the social network. “Facebook shapes our perception of the world through the selection of information we see,” explained Haugen. So far, however, only the Internet company itself knows how to personalize the users' newsfeed.

Haugen is not against censorship per se
The 37-year-old rightly denounces the lack of transparent, often arbitrary influence on the distribution of individual contributions; at least in the beginning. However, no whistleblower would have been needed for this knowledge either.

Anyone who thought that the criticism of the company's former product manager was directed against unilateral political influence or censorship will quickly be taught otherwise by her. The former commissioner for combating false information accuses her former client of all things, of consciously using algorithms in the search for profits that promote divisive and harmful content. Haugen commented on the long shutdown of Facebook and its subsidiary services Instagram and WhatsApp on Monday with the joyful statement that Facebook had not been used during this time to "deepen divisions, destabilize democracies and make young girls and women feel bad" .

More "regulations" to be expected (aka censorship)
It seems that the whistleblower was a perfect fit for the political elite that seeks greater restrictions on the Internet and the violation of our privacy.

The “whistleblower” seems to have a lot to do with. But certainly not about saving democracy.

Sources: Junge Freiheit / Disclose TV / Twitter
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