Oyogist has learned that former Facebook employee Frances has claimed that the platform “unquestionably” makes online hate worse, and also sees safety as a “cost centre.
Facebook groups can be “dangerous” because they use algorithms that “take people who have mainstream interests and push them to extreme interests”, Frances Haugen told MPs.
She further stated that groups on the site can become “echo chambers” that reinforce and radicalise people’s opinions.
She said, for example, that users with left-wing opinions can be pushed to the radical left, while those looking for healthy recipes can be pushed to anorexia content.
Over the past few months, Ms Haugen, former product manager in the company’s civic integrity unit, has constantly dropped intimidating evidence to MPs considering the UK’s draft online safety bill.