Why it matters: Facebook appears to be launching a pre-emptive strike against the whistleblower with the memo, also shared with Axios, ahead of her CBS “60 Minutes” interview airing Sunday and her scheduled appearance at a Senate hearing Tuesday.
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She will accuse the tech giant on “60 Minutes” of contributing to polarization in the U.S., writs Clegg, Facebook’s vice president of global affairs, in the memo.
Clegg states that the program will “suggest that the extraordinary steps we took for the 2020 elections were relaxed too soon and contributed to the horrific events of January 6th in the Capitol.”
Driving the news: The whistleblower will reveal her identity on “60 Minutes” and outline allegations based on thousands of pages of internal research she provided the Securities and Exchange Commission, according to CBS.
She claims she can “prove Facebook is lying to the public and investors about the effectiveness of its campaigns to eradicate hate, violence and misinformation from its platforms,” per CBS.
What they’re saying: “What evidence there is simply does not support the idea that Facebook, or social media more generally, is the primary cause of polarization,” Clegg states in the memo, sent Friday.
What to watch: Clegg is due to appear on the CNN’s “Reliable Sources” on Sunday morning.
Read the memo in full, via DocumentCloud:
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Editor’s note: This article has been updated to include Clegg’s memo.
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