Haugen has sparked a firestorm around the social media giant in recent weeks after she leaked thousands of pages of documents to lawmakers and the Wall Street Journal. Earlier this month, the 37-year-old has previously Facebook (FB) product manager revealed her identity on “60 Minutes” in an interview, where she said that Facebook has repeatedly prioritized profits over the best interests of society. In a Senate subcommittee hearing last week, Haugen raised a number of concerns, including that the company knows that it serves harmful, eating disorder-related content to young users, and that using Facebook by authoritarian leaders can present national security concerns.
“In light of Ms. Haugen’s serious allegations about Facebook, we have sent an invitation to her to speak to the board over the coming weeks, which she has accepted,” the Board of Supervisors said in a statement Monday. “Board members appreciate the opportunity to discuss Ms. Haugen’s experiences and gather information that can help push for greater transparency and accountability from Facebook through our case decisions and recommendations.”
Haugen confirmed on Twitter Monday that she had accepted the invitation to “brief the Facebook Oversight Board on what I learned while working there.” She added: “Facebook has lied to the board repeatedly and I look forward to sharing the truth with them.”
Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment on this article.
The Facebook Oversight Board is intended to appeal content decisions on Facebook-owned platforms. It consists of 20 experts in areas such as free speech, human rights and journalism. Facebook first announced its intention to form an independent entity to vet content decisions in November 2018. After some delay, the company announced in October 2020 that the board would begin processing cases.
“As a board member, we will continue to ask Facebook difficult questions and pressure the company to commit to greater transparency, accountability and fairness,” the group said Monday.
The conversation with Haugen may prompt the board to evaluate a number of issues within the company, but it is unclear whether Facebook has asked the board to weigh up or make a decision on any of the concerns Haugen has raised.
Last month, the Wall Street Journal reported based on documents leaked by Haugen on a system on Facebook called “cross-checking” that could create exceptions to the company’s content moderation policies for strong or profiled numbers. Soon the Supervisory Board said it would investigate the system. The group said Monday it is evaluating “whether Facebook has been fully present in its responses to its” cross-check “system” and plans to publish the results in its first quarterly transparency report later this month.
“Facebook has also said it will ask the board to review how cross-checks can be improved and offer recommendations,” it said.