Statements
2023

Statement on Latest Meta Whistleblower Report

For Immediate Release
November 2, 2023
Contact: press@accountabletech.org

 

Accountable Tech Co-Founder and Executive Director Nicole Gill issued the following statement on the Wall Street Journal’s latest whistleblower report alleging that Meta executives repeatedly ignored internal calls to protect young users and address rampant harassment on Meta platforms, instead taking steps to discourage users from filing reports of misconduct:

“Meta’s top executives were repeatedly warned by both their own employees and troves of internal data about a horrific reality: that on any given week, 1 in 8 young teens were exposed to unwanted sexual advances on their platform. Rather than taking all necessary action to address this scourge, they made it harder to report abuse and cut back on both internal research and information-sharing. As long as Big Tech chooses to operate under their toxic business model, we should expect more of these disturbing reports to come to light. We are long overdue for meaningful reform and there are legislative solutions currently on the table that Congress can pass with great urgency. We cannot keep waiting for more reports of wrongdoing before we choose to act, because our kids have long suffered at the hands of Big Tech.”

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