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Opinion: Facebook isn’t the only problem

Frances Haugen’s spellbinding testimony before Congress last week riveted the attention of lawmakers and the country. She claimed that Facebook’s own research found that the platform is harmful to teenage girls and amplifies dangerous speech that has led to violence and death, but those findings were ignored or buried. The testimony — which CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said created a “false picture of the company” — followed her explosive whistleblowing of how Facebook prioritizes engagement over safety and profits over people. Haugen’s revelations brought comparisons to the tobacco company insiders who testified about the addictive qualities of cigarettes and that Big Tobacco knew.

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