Engineer and ex-Facebook employee Frances Haugen, who last year leaked embarrassing internal documents for the social media giant, announced on Thursday the launch of an organization to clean up social media. Entitled “Beyond the Screen”, this NGO “will focus on concrete solutions to help users regain control of their experience on social networks”, declared in a press release the whistleblower.
Its objective is to give users “tangible solutions” to help them take control of their use of the platforms. “Social media can allow us to perform at our best, and that’s what Beyond the Screen will work towards,” she added. According to the press release, the organization will create an open source database to document the legal and ethical breaches of major platforms and identify solutions.
Frances Haugen made a name for herself a year ago by leaking more than 20,000 pages of internal Facebook documents, and hammering before various parliaments that the social network put profits before the safety of its users. Meta, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram, denies these accusations.
“We are seeing a coordinated effort to selectively use internal documents to paint a false picture of our business,” CEO Mark Zuckerberg said during the company’s quarterly earnings presentation in October 2021. Beyond the Screen is funded by Project Liberty, an initiative of American entrepreneur and owner of Olympique de Marseille Frank McCourt, and the independent organization Common Sense Media.