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Another Facebook whistleblower says she is willing to testify before Congress




Zhang, who worked as a data scientist at the tech giant for nearly three years, wrote a lengthy note when she was fired by Facebook last year detailing how she believed the company was not doing enough to combat hatred and misinformation. , especially in smaller countries and developing countries. Zhang said the company told her she was fired for performance issues.

The note was first communicated last year by BuzzFeed News and later formed the basis of a series of reports from The Guardian newspaper.

Speaking to CNN at his home in the Bay Area on Sunday, Zhang said he was encouraged that there appeared to be bipartisan support for actions related to the protection of children online after the Facebook testimony, denouncing Frances Haugen to a Senate subcommittee last week.

Zhang said he has brought information about Facebook to authorities. “I provided detailed documentation of possible criminal offenses to a U.S. law enforcement agency. I understand that the investigation is still ongoing.” he tweeted Sunday.

He did not want to share when CNN asked him what information he had provided or to which agency. An FBI spokesman declined to comment Monday, adding that “the FBI does not confirm, deny or comment on information or advice we may receive from the public.”

The focus of Zhang’s accusations on Facebook is that he doesn’t do enough to combat abuses of his platform in countries outside the United States. According to its report, approximately 90% of monthly active Facebook users are outside the United States and Canada most recent quarterly presentation.

A Facebook spokesman withdrew the charge on Monday, saying the company had invested billions in security in recent years.

“We have also eliminated more than 150 networks that wanted to manipulate public debate since 2017 and have originated in more than 50 countries, most of which come from or are concentrated outside the US. Our track record shows that we fight abuses abroad. with the same intensity that we apply in the US, “the spokesman added.

– Christina Carrega, of CNN, contributed to the report