Facebook whistleblower hearing: Frances Haugen testifies in Washington – live updates
Senator Rick Scott of Florida asks Haugen why Facebook has not been more proactive about addressing the issues brought up in these hearings and recent Wall Street Journal reports. As many Senators have noted, Zuckerberg is sailing this week.
Haugen takes a softer view on this, saying “I have a huge amount of empathy for Facebook.”
“These are really, really hard questions and I think they feel a little trapped and isolated,” she said.
She added that most social media firms have a strong hold on the positive purposes of their platforms, but that Instagram is “distinctly worse” than others.
“TikTok is about doing fun things with your friends, Snapchat is about faces and augmented reality, Reddit is about ideas,” she said. “But Instagram is about bodies, and about comparing lifestyles.”