It’s no secret that social media sites like Facebook are a negative force on society. For years, the world’s top journalists, politicians, human rights advocates, and epidemiologists across the ideological spectrum have taken the website to task, though few exposed scandals take accountability beyond the daily press. Once internal researchers began blowing the whistle on the company’s dangers, however, the world’s most powerful executives were left scrambling for salvation.
In a new expose published by The Wall Street Journal, “The Facebook Files” reveals damning evidence on how “Facebook knows, in acute detail, that its platforms are riddled with flaws that cause measurable, real-world harm, often in ways only the company fully understands,” according to their summary of the internal documents.
Examining research reports, online employee discussions, and draft presentations for senior management at Facebook, the whistleblowers provide overwhelming proof the company knew it was responsible for rising suicide rates among teenagers, growing cases of depression, anxiety, and vaccine misinformation, as well as enabling criminality and incitement of violence in genocidal areas such as Myanmar.
Meanwhile, Facebook profits from what they self-describe as “untapped wealth,” allowing their elites the luxury of a two-tier system exempt from the company’s rules, and criminals can thrive despite numerous reports from administrators, so long as they’re not overly exposed to harm the bottom line.
Here we’ll break down key leaked files Facebook went to great lengths to hide.
1. Facebook says their justice system applies equally. Nothing could be further from the truth.
“Time and again,” the Journal writes, “Facebook researchers have identified the platform’s ill effects. Time and again, despite congressional hearings, its own pledges, and numerous media exposés, the company didn’t fix them.” This is no accident. Instead, according to WSJ contributor Jeff Horwitz, CEO Mark Zuckerberg has gone back on previous statements that Facebook’s rules apply to everyone, from the most successful elite to the lowest commoner.