The weeks go by and look the same for the social network. Earlier this month, Frances Haugen accused the company of “ prioritizing growth over safety ”
This time – here it is the Washington Post which returns to the load by explaining that a “ former employee of Facebook affirms that the company privileges the growth and the profits to the fight against the hate speech, the disinformation and other threats against the public ”
This new whistleblower has made an affidavit and testifies to our colleagues anonymously. We just know that this is again a former employee. In both cases, they made statements to the SEC.
According to the Washington Post, the affidavit contained a statement heard by the whistleblower from a senior Facebook communications manager (Tucker Bounds) during the controversy over Russian interference in the presidential election of 2016.
“ It will be a flash in the pan. Some lawmakers will get angry. And then in a few weeks, they’ll move on. Meanwhile, we are printing money in the basement, and everything is fine. “
Tucker Bounds who is now vice president of the company defends himself:” Being questioned about an alleged one-to-one conversation head four years ago with an unidentified person, with no other source than an empty accusation, is a first for me ”.
For his part, the Facebook spokesperson Erin McPike tells our colleagues that they are “ below everything ” and that their article “ sets a dangerous precedent by hanging up a story whole to a single source making a wide range of assertions without any apparent corroboration ”.
A very strange line of defense since at least part of it is confirmed by Frances Haugen and other whistleblowers, as well as by the actions of the company.