Facebook whistleblower Haugen to speak with the BBC’s Daily Politics

Facebook whistleblower and former product manager for the company’s photo tagging app, Frances Haugen, will be in the UK for an exclusive Q&A event with BBC’s Daily Politics at 11:00 BST Wednesday (1:00 EST)…

Facebook whistleblower Haugen to speak with the BBC's Daily Politics

Facebook whistleblower and former product manager for the company’s photo tagging app, Frances Haugen, will be in the UK for an exclusive Q&A event with BBC’s Daily Politics at 11:00 BST Wednesday (1:00 EST) in London.

During this appearance, Haugen will take questions from the listeners on social, data and privacy-related issues.

Ms. Haugen joined Facebook in 2010 as a product manager for their photo tagging product, and later in 2011, she became the first engineering director at Facebook. She left the company in December 2016 to pursue a private tech startup.

This event is being held in association with Amazon Web Services and the British Parliament Select Committee on Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

Haugen rose to fame after whistleblowing regarding the theft of 50 million Facebook users’ information by British political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica.

The data breach, revealed in the months following the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election, led the social media giant to hire former FBI Director Robert Mueller to investigate its Cambridge Analytica links.

Haugen claims she has been subjected to threats and sexual assault.

“I don’t need to be afraid, I know what my rights are, I know where I should have a safe place, but I guess right now I don’t know if that’s possible anymore,” she told the Financial Times.

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