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The Tech Oversight Project Launch Facebook 20th Anniversary Microsite, Slamming the Company’s Danger to Society

Feb 05, 2024

The microsite includes an encyclopedic research report detailing Facebook and Meta’s harms to children, threats to national security, and toxic, hate-driven ecosystem

View the site here

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, on the 20th anniversary of Facebook’s founding, the Tech Oversight Project launched a microsite and accompanying research report to spotlight Meta’s danger to society. The website lays out Facebook’s plucky beginnings as a Silicon Valley darling that, at first, helped distant family members stay in touch but, under Mark Zuckerberg’s leadership, would eventually become a caustic breeding ground for hate speech, violence, harm to children, and national security threats. View the website here.

“Rather than accepting responsibility for creating one of the most powerful communication tools that has ever existed by proactively protecting his users and customers, Mark Zuckerberg has done incalculable damage by anchoring Meta’s engagement-at-all-cost business model in spreading hate speech, getting kids addicted to social media, and turning a blind eye to digital threats to democracy,” said Sacha Haworth, Executive Director of the Tech Oversight Project. “Tech companies have had over twenty years to course-correct, and every day provides another shocking example of why these companies never will unless lawmakers and regulators step in. We will continue to urge Congress and the Biden Administration to stand up to Meta and the rest of Big Tech by passing meaningful, commonsense reforms that protect our democracy, young people, and fragile information ecosystem.”

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