Blumenthal says Fb’s requires regulation are the ‘peak of disingenuousness’
“What we hear from Facebook are platitudes and bromine ideas. When it says it wants regulation, it is also fighting that regulation by all means, day and night, with armies of lawyers, millions of dollars in lobbying. I have to say that Facebook.” says it wants regulation is the height of insincerity, “the Connecticut Democrat told CNN’s Brian Stelter on Reliable Sources.
The comments come days after Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen submitted internal Facebook documents to the Securities and Exchange Commission as evidence of her disclosures and provided them to Congress in edited form by Haugen’s legal counsel. The edited versions were procured by a consortium of 17 US news organizations, including CNN.
Blumenthal, chairman of the subcommittee on consumer protection, product safety and data security, added that there is “a drumstick on accountability” that requires disclosure of Facebook algorithms.
“Facebook is clearly unable to control itself, unable to impose self-indulgence, and that is why this reform is being built as a movement,” he said.
When asked if he could answer whether Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg would testify before his committee, Blumenthal replied: “I wish I could. I wish Mark Zuckerberg would live up to his responsibilities.”
“He should be held accountable, as should Facebook,” added Blumenthal.
Blumenthal also told Stelter he hoped to hear from other whistleblowers on Facebook alongside Haugen.
“We know about others. We hope to hear from others. We hope to receive testimonials from others when they are ready to move forward. I think what you are seeing are Facebook employees who are disgusted and just fed up. “Enough is enough,” said Blumenthal.