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Facebook whistleblower supports Brazil’s ‘Fake News bill’

Big Tech has spent big bucks to lobby against the so-called "Fake News bill." But a whistleblower lauded aspects of the bill

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Frances Haugen, a former Facebook product manager, testified to a House panel this week. Photo: Billy Boss/CD

Frances Haugen, a former Facebook product manager and whistleblower, told Brazilian lawmakers on Tuesday that she supports the country’s so-called “Fake News bill,” which establishes regulations for social media aimed at fighting disinformation. In 2021, Ms. Haugen leaked internal documents to the Wall Street Journal, the basis for The Facebook Files.

She later testified before a U.S. Senate subcommittee, where she told lawmakers “Facebook’s products harm children, stoke division and weaken our democracy.” In the testimony, she repeatedly accused the company of choosing growth and profit over safety, and added she had “strong national security concerns about how...

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