WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) issued the statement below on the “Facebook Papers,” internal Facebook documents disclosed to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission by former Facebook employee Frances Haugen. The documents include a mix of presentations, research studies, discussion threads, and strategy memos.
“For too long, tech companies have said ‘Trust us, we’ve got this.’ Now the extent to which Facebook has put profits over people is becoming more and more clear. There’s a lot to discover in these papers about how the platform promotes extremism and hurts our communities, but here’s what is clear: Facebook knew.
“The time has come for action from all sides to rein in big tech. We need to revisit the laws and hold these companies accountable when they spread disinformation and target vulnerable users with harmful content. We also need to pass federal privacy legislation with rules of the road for tech platforms to protect user data and ensure that algorithms stop promoting toxic and dangerous content. And we need to modernize our competition laws so dominant platforms can’t limit users’ choice and exclude other companies from succeeding."
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