Frances Haugen, whistleblower behind “Facebook Files”, creates an NGO

The engineer and ex-employee of Facebook announced Thursday the launch of the organization Beyond the Screen, whose mission will be to clean up social networks.

[Nimle ] with AFP

Pure product of Silicon Valley, the former Facebook employee had leaned hundreds of embarrassing internal documents for the social media giant in 2021. Frances Haugen decided not to stop there. The engineer announced Thursday, September 22, the launch of an organization responsible for cleaning up social networks.

Entitled Beyond the Screen (beyond the screen), this NGO “will focus on concrete solutions to help users regain control of their experience on social networks,” said the launcher in a press release alert.

Its objective is to give users “tangible solutions” to help them take control of their use of platforms. “Social networks can allow us to give the best of ourselves, and that’s what Beyond the Screen will work,” she added.

Funding from the boss of the ‘OM

According to the press release, the organization will create an open source database to document the legal and ethical breaches of large platforms and identify solutions.

Frances Haugen became known a year ago by leaking more than 20,000 pages of internal Facebook documents, and hammering in front of various parliaments that the social network made the profits pass before the safety of its users. Meta, Facebook and Instagram parent company, denies these accusations.

“We are witnessing a coordinated effort to selectively use internal documents in order to paint a false image of our company,” said boss Mark Zuckerberg when presenting the quarterly results of the company in October 2021.

Beyond the Screen is funded by Project Liberty, an initiative of the American entrepreneur and owner of Olympique de Marseille Frank McCourt, and the independent organization Common Sense Media.

/Media reports.