Facebook whistleblower lands book deal


Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen is writing a book that will include “a critical review of Facebook,” after revealing what critics say is damning information about the social media giant.

Little, Brown and Co, a brand of the Hachette Book Group publishing house, announced Thursday that it will publish Haugen’s book.

The title and release date of the book have yet to be determined, according to the Associated Press. The imprint did not reveal any of the financial terms of the deal.

“During my time at Facebook, I realized a devastating truth: hardly anyone outside of Facebook knows what’s going on inside Facebook. They operate in the dark, ”Haugen said in a statement, according to the AP.

“They win by keeping their systems closed without oversight or transparency, shrouding their operations in secrecy and public relations. I came forward because I believe every human being deserves the dignity of the truth – and the truth is that Facebook buys its astronomical profits by sacrificing our security. But it doesn’t have to be that way: these problems can be solved. We can have social media that we love and that also brings out the best in humanity. I hope this book will show us the way, ”she added.

Haugen provided the internal documents behind a September Wall Street Journal report that accused Facebook of downplaying Instagram’s negative effects, letting vaccine campaigners spread misinformation, and failing to provide a response appropriate when concerns about human traffickers on the platform have been raised.

She revealed her identity in early October during an interview broadcast on “60 Minutes”, making a number of damning statements about her former employer.

She said the tech giant had embarked on a “betrayal of democracy” by scaling back its efforts to fight disinformation in the aftermath of the 2020 presidential election and argued that the company was prioritizing the growth to security.

Haugen has since testified before congressional committees, painting an unfavorable picture of the tech giant. During an appearance, Haugen said the company is aware that its algorithm is harming people who are already vulnerable and that the platform’s goal is to take advantage of negative emotions to get people to spend more time online, according to the AP.

Facebook objected to the Wall Street Journal report, saying it “contained deliberate misinterpretations of what we are trying to do and conferred grossly false motives on Facebook management and employees.”

Facebook hired Haugen in 2019 to serve as a Senior Product Manager in its Civic Integrity unit. She accumulated 15 years of experience before switching to Facebook, having worked at other tech companies such as Google and Yelp, according to the AP.