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Brittany Miller, bmiller@foe.org

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Statement on Frances Haugen's SEC Filing on Facebook's Climate Change Disinformation

WASHINGTON -

Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen filed two complaints with the SEC this month alleging that Facebook misled investors about its efforts to combat climate change and covid-19 misinformation. 

Michael Khoo, Co-chair of the Climate Disinformation Coalition at Friends of the Earth, issued the following statement: 

Frances Haugen’s SEC filing shows yet again that Facebook cannot be trusted and needs Congress to step in to stop the spread of disinformation. 

In a recent letter we received from Facebook, Nick Clegg told the Climate Disinformation Coalition that there is only a “small amount” of climate change disinformation on the platform. Facebook appears now to be spreading disinformation about its disinformation.

Whether it’s fueling the insurrection, trans-youth bullying, teen body image issues, or climate denial, Facebook’s algorithm enables the small fringe to tear apart our communities and our values. When last year’s winter storm decimated Texas residents, a few fossil fuel-backed voices falsely blamed frozen windmills, and we documented how that narrative exploded on Facebook. 

Congress must now step in and require the type of safety reporting that is found in industries from car manufacturers to agriculture. It must force Facebook to disclose its data on platform safety and extremism, with ecosystem-wide reports on disinformation harms.

Facebook amplifies fringe views like climate denial and we must stop it from letting a radical minority overpower the majority.

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Friends of the Earth fights for a more healthy and just world. Together we speak truth to power and expose those who endanger the health of people and the planet for corporate profit. We organize to build long-term political power and campaign to change the rules of our economic and political systems that create injustice and destroy nature.

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