Facebook knew about RSS’ anti-Muslim narrative: Whistleblower exposes FB

Global social media giant, Facebook, has been under fire after its former employee-turned whistleblower, Frances Haugen, made some shocking revelations.

In a complaint filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), it was revealed that Facebook took no action against Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s (RSS) “anti-Muslim narratives” despite being fully aware of it.

According to the internal document, titled ‘Adversarial Harmful Networks – India Case Study‘, different users, groups and pages associated with RSS “promote fear-mongering, anti-Muslim narratives targeted pro-Hindu populations with V&I [violence and inciting] intent”.

The document further pointed out number of ”dehumanising posts comparing Muslims to ‘pigs’ and ‘dogs”. Moreover, it also included misinformation from the Holy Quran, claiming that the Holy Book “calls for men to rape their female family members.”

“Our lack of Hindi and Bengali classifiers means much of this content is never flagged or actioned,” the document further added.

About Frances Haugen:

Frances Haugen is a former Facebook employee who worked as a product manager and left the social media giant in May. Just before leaving, she made copies of “tens of thousands of internal Facebook documents.” She was interviewed by the CBS News and her first interview was aired on October 3rd.

The following day, her complaint against Facebook was published by CBS News, which had been submitted to the US SEC. She also appeared before a US Senate committee on 5 October, where she revealed how Facebook has put “their astronomical profits before people.”

“The company’s leadership knows how to make Facebook and Instagram safer but won’t make the necessary changes,” she said.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has denied the claims, stating, “We care deeply about issues like safety, well-being and mental health. It’s difficult to see coverage that misrepresents our work and our motives… At the heart of these allegations is this idea that we prioritise profit over safety and well-being. That’s just not true.”

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