Facebook has been hit by a lot of crises in recent months. But the biggest crisis was the leaking of internal company files by the company’s former project manager, Francis Haugen. These leaks began appearing in a series of articles in the Wall Street Journal.
There is no doubt that the leaked information was very dangerous. Its danger increased after it began to spread more and reach the public. Prominent news websites have been able to obtain their own copies of these documents.
Among the thousands of leaked documents were some of the most important, from which a number of interesting and notable facts were revealed.
Corona and vaccines
Perhaps one of those facts is the inability of the “Facebook” platform to deal with misinformation about the Corona virus and its vaccines. This is as an employee within the company warned in March 2021 that the platform was unable to address negative comments about vaccines.
Facebook has already been criticized for its lack of resistance to misinformation about vaccines, and current US President Joe Biden has described it as “killing people.”
This information was revealed by The Verge, which obtained a copy of the leaked official documents. However, the platform did not reveal the entire document because it contained the name of the employee.
In addition, the documents revealed that Apple threatened to block the Facebook platform completely. This is because the platform contains “slave markets”, according to the description used. And the information revealed that Apple had threatened in October 2019 to remove “Facebook” applications from the App Store.
The reason behind this was a report by the BBC platform showing the existence of the activities of selling humans – as slaves – within the “Instagram” platform. In addition, the sellers were encouraging buyers to harm these people and destroy their passports.
The information extracted from the files also revealed another fact. Namely, the company’s civil integrity team was constantly blocked by Mark Zuckerberg himself, after he agreed to block anti-state content in Vietnam.
Joe Biden and Donald Trump
In addition, the files revealed that the Facebook platform had exploited a German anti-vaccine movement in an experiment known as the “Querdenken Experiment”. This is because the platform has tried a new content review system more violently on this movement.
The leaked files also revealed Facebook’s previous intention to abandon the likes counters on Facebook and Instagram. However, this step was never implemented due to its negative impact on advertising revenue. In addition, the files revealed the failure of content monitoring systems to deal with some events, such as the attempt by Trump supporters to reject the declaration of Joe Biden as president of the United States after his actual victory.
The political dimensions have clearly appeared in the files. Including the platform’s attempt to make its content relevant to supporters of Joe Biden’s Democratic Party.