It was apparently big news to some that Facebook is a content sewer turning young girls into emotionally crippled messes. But the most important revelation in that much-discussed Wall Street Journal series is that Facebook is filled with people who see it as their mission to protect their users from themselves.
In other words, they see it as their job to manipulate you — deceive you, even — for your own good.
Frances Haugen came forward over the weekend as the primary source of the Journal’s reporting, providing the paper with scores of Facebook company documents that she scooped up during the two years she worked there. Her job was to create systems that would weed out content that she and others determined to be “harmful.”
It sounds like a worthy endeavor, but it’s when Haugen starts sharing her more personal outlook that it becomes clear just how creepy she actually is.
When she left Facebook earlier this year, she wrote a note to her colleagues that said, “I don’t hate Facebook. I love Facebook. I want to save it.”
By “save it,” Haugen actually means purge it of all of the things she disagrees with, including, as she said Sunday on ’60 Minutes,’ “angry, hateful, polarizing content.”
If you’ve been paying even the slightest bit of attention, you know that when someone working in the national news media or Big Tech deems a piece of information or an opinion “hateful” or “polarizing,” they mean: anything skeptical of COVID vaccines; anything critical of Dr. Anthony Fauci; anything in support of Donald Trump; and anything that contradicts the preferred narratives of The New York Times and CNN.
The whole reason Haugen even got involved with Facebook and the job she was hired to do was because, she said, “Someone I was incredibly close to, who was really important to me, I lost them to misinformation on the internet, and I never want anyone to feel the pain that I felt.”
That roughly translates to: Haugen’s male friend posted something negative about the Black Lives Matter riots. (She actually said that he had been “making crazy claims about George Soros running the world economy,” which, as far as “misinformation” goes, is about 1 billion percent less harmful than anything we were told by actual news organizations related to Trump and Russia.)
The word “misinformation” is always a tell that the person who says it is up to no good. It means she wants to be in charge of who gets to speak and what we’re supposed to believe.
What you’ve seen with your own eyes is “misinformation” if it’s something that upset the right people at Facebook.
The Journal said Haugen was “dismayed” earlier this year that Facebook had “played down its connection” to the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, because there had been “widespread internal concern that its platforms were enabling dangerous social movements.”
This is in itself misinformation. Reuters reported in August that the FBI had found the events of that day were “not centrally coordinated by far-right groups or prominent supporters of then-President Donald Trump.”
There were no “movements,” least of all dangerous ones that used Facebook to organize. Haugen is simply relying on her own biases to determine what the reality is, even if it’s not based on actual evidence.
This is not who you want making decisions about what’s “harmful” and “dangerous.”
People like Haugen aren’t saving anything. People like Haugen are creepy. They’re the problem.