Facebook spreads hate, whistleblower tells UK lawmakers

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Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen told UK lawmakers Monday that posting content featuring anger and hate “is the easiest way to grow” on the social media platform as she urged better regulation. Haugen, who earlier this year shared a trove of internal documents alleging Facebook knew its products were harming children’s mental health, argued the platform was “unquestionably” fuelling hate. Haugen said Facebook used “engagement-based rankings” prioritising the most clicked – and invariably divisive – content. “It pushes you to the extremes and it fans hate,” she told a panel of British MPs …

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