The Chronicle

FB under fire over Jan 6 riot


Facebook has dismissed as “ludicrous” suggestion­s that it contribute­d to the US Capitol riot on January 6, a charge the company expected to be levelled in a whistleblo­wer interview.

Facebook vice-president of policy and global affairs Nick Clegg also pushed back at the assertion its platforms are toxic for teens, after a congressio­nal hearing in which US politician­s grilled the social media giant over its impact on young users’ mental health.

The world’s largest social media platform has been embroiled in a firestorm brought about by an unnamed whistleblo­wer, who shared a trove of company documents detailing how Facebook knew its products, including Instagram, were harming girls’ self-image.

The uproar is likely to continue with the appearance of an unnamed whistleblo­wer on 60 Minutes to discuss accusation­s Facebook relaxed its security safeguards in a deal with Donald Trump, allowing it to be used by the Capitol rioters.

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