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Critics of Facebook create safe space for whistleblowers

A group known as “Freedom From Facebook” is launching a new advertisement campaign that will ask whistleblowers inside Facebook to share concerns about the company. Freedom From Facebook is comprised of a group of nonprofits that share fears about Facebook’s growing power and the lack of user privacy.

The advertisement campaign will include a link to a confidential website hosted by the group. From there, Facebook employees will be able to share concerns about the company and its leadership anonymously. The group hopes it will provide a “safe space” for Facebook employees.

This campaign comes after an article published by the New York Times last week. The article included a detailed listing of Facebook’s attempts to fight back against its critics earlier this year. One of Facebook’s retaliation attempts included the hiring of a Republican firm, Definers Public Affairs, to discredit and shame critics. One of the ways the firm attempted to go about this was by connecting critic groups to George Soros, a liberal billionaire who some people consider to be anti-Semitic.

Along with the whistleblower advertisement campaign, four Democratic senators have now written a letter to Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, demanding a response to the New York Times article. The letter questions whether Facebook could use the data it collects against critics who are attempting to help the public.

The members of Freedom From Facebook write on their website:

Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg have amassed a scary amount of power. Facebook unilaterally decides the news that billions of people around the world see every day. It buys up or bankrupts potential competitors to protect its monopoly, killing innovation and choice. It tracks us almost everywhere we go on the web and, through our smartphones, even where we go in the real world. It uses this intimate data hoard to figure out how to addict us and our children to its services. And then Facebook serves up everything about us to its true customers -- virtually anyone willing to pay for the ability to convince us to buy, do, or believe something.

The False Claims Act can provide Facebook employees and other whistleblowers several rewards for coming forward against an employer, while also providing protection against employer retaliation.

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