Facebook ‘prioritises safety above profit’

Facebook has denied claims by a former employee of the U.S. Congress that its products harm children.

Frances Haugen, a 37-year-old former product manager turned to whistleblower, strongly criticized the company during a hearing on Capitol Hill on Tuesday.

Facebook’s Monika Bickert replied that the company was trying to answer questions about how it protects users’ mental health and blocks the spread of disinformation.

She told the BBC’s Christian Fraser that the fact that they had commissioned research into the issues showed that they “prioritized safety over profit”.

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