Sophie Zhang, a second former Facebook employee, said she is ready to testify before Congress against the social network for alleged “criminal violations,” claiming she has “blood on her hands.”
Zhang worked as a data scientist at Facebook for almost three years. After her dismissal, she claims to have “detailed documentation regarding potential criminal violations” and told CNN that she has already handed over the evidence to the competent authorities.
“If Congress wishes for me to testify, I will fulfill my civic duty, as I’ve publicly stated for the past half year. Last year, I testified privately before a European Parliamentary committee though I was avoiding press. My duty to democracy comes first,” Zhang wrote.
Zhang added that she had already provided documentation “to law enforcement” and said an investigation into Facebook was still ongoing.
Zhang’s statements come after it became known that Frances Haugen, another former Facebook employee, leaked internal company studies and asked the U.S. Senate to regulate the tech giant.
On the day she was fired, Zhang posted a 7,800-word memo on Facebook’s internal forum accusing the social media giant of not doing enough to combat hate and misinformation.
She also claimed she has evidence of how foreign governments use fake social media accounts to influence and manipulate public opinion. He said Facebook did not take his findings seriously.
“I have blood on my hands,” Zhang wrote in the memo.
More allegations against Facebook
Frances Haugen, a data scientist who worked for Facebook, provided the U.S. Congress with specific information about activities within the company that could open a “Pandora’s Box” of wrongdoing within the social network.
Haugen pointed out that the documents she provided “prove that Facebook has repeatedly misled the public (…) about the safety of children, the efficacy of its artificial intelligence systems and its role in spreading divisive and extreme messages.”
Haugen further confessed that she anonymously reported Facebook to federal authorities because of the company’s own research showing how it magnifies hate and misinformation.
“I believe in the potential of Facebook but it harms children, stokes division, and weakens our democracyr,” Haugen told Congress.