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Who is the ‘Facebook whistleblower’?

  • 8 oktober 2021
  • Niveau: Havo/vwo bovenbouw
  • Bron: CNN
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A former Facebook employee has accused Facebook of allowing content that harms children and weakens democracy, and she has shared documents from the company with the world. Why is the ‘Facebook whistleblower’, Frances Haugen, doing this? Let’s find out more!

Watch the video of 2:01 minutes (Source: CNN).

Questions about the video:

  1. Haugen says in the video ‘I think Facebook has the potential to bring out the best in us.’ What do you think she means by that?
  2. According to Frances Haugen, how is Facebook harmful to its users?
  3. According to Frances Haugen, why is the company not changing anything to make Facebook safer for people?
  4. Haugen mostly mentions the harmful content on Facebook, but what is positive about Facebook?

Do you want to learn more about this topic? Read this article from The Sydney Morning Herald about the accusation against Facebook.

Questions about the text:

  1. What steps did Haugen take to report on Facebook? Explain in your own words.
  2. What can Facebook do to prevent and regulate harmful content on their platform?
  3. What is a ‘whistleblower’? Explain in your own words?

Discussion questions:

  1. Do you think transparency would be a solution to the problems with social media?
  2. Have you come across harmful content on Facebook, Instagram or another platform? How did it affect you?
  3. Have Haugen’s claims changed your opinion about this platform?


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