(Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers slammed Facebook on Tuesday, accusing CEO Mark Zuckerberg of pushing for higher profits while competing for user safety, and required regulators to investigate whistleblowing reports that social media companies harm children and provokes divisions.  During a preliminary committee in a Senate commission, whistleblower Frances Haugen called for openness about how Facebook attracts users to extend their stay on the site, giving them good opportunities to advertise for them.
"As long as Facebook works in the shadows, it hides its research from public scrutiny, it is irresponsible," says Haugen, a former employee of the nearly $ 1 trillion that went to whistleblowers.
“The company's management knows how to make Facebook and Instagram safer, but will not make the necessary changes because they have put their astronomical benefits ahead of people. Congress measures are needed, "said Haugen.
At a time when bipartisanship is rare in Washington, lawmakers from both parties promised the company, illustrating the rising anger in Congress with Facebook under many demands for legislative reform.
Senator Dan Sullivan, a Republican, said he was concerned about how Facebook and subsidiaries such as Instagram affected children's mental health. "I think we'll look back in 20 years and we'll all look like" what the hell were we thinking? ""
Ms. Haugen revealed that she was the one who provided documents used in a Wall Street Journal investigation and a Senate hearing on Instagram's harm to teenage girls. She compared social media with addictive substances such as tobacco and opioids.
Panel Chairman Senator Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat, said Facebook knew its products were addictive. "Technology is now facing the moment of great truth that is losing its mouth," he said.
He asked Zuckerberg to testify before the committee and before the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Federal Trade Commission to investigate the company.
“It is our children who are the victims. Teenagers who today look in the mirror feel doubt and insecurity. Mark Zuckerberg should see himself in the mirror, says Blumenthal.
Mr. Blumenthal said after the hearing that he would like to ask Zuckerberg why he rejected recommendations to make the company's products safer for users.
Despite the criticism, Facebook's share price rose 2.2% to $ 333.43 on Tuesday afternoon.
Coming one day after Facebook was hit by an hour-long outage, Haugen pointed to the division in his testimony: "For more than five hours, Facebook was not used to deepen gaps, destabilize democracies and make young girls and women feel bad about their
When lawmakers criticized Facebook and Zuckerberg, the company's spokespersons fought back on Twitter, claiming that Haugen did not work directly with any of the issues she was questioned.
Ms. Haugen, a former product manager at Facebook's citizen information for misinformation, left the company with tens of thousands of confidential documents. Catalog