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Facebook became Meta – and the company’s dangerous behavior came into sharp focus in 2021 | The Conversation

By Eric Smalley
December 20, 2021

Meta, née Facebook, had a rough year in 2021, in public opinion if not financially. Revelations from whistleblower Frances Haugen, first detailed in a Wall Street Journal investigative series and then presented in congressional testimony, show that the company was aware of the harm it was causing.

Growing concerns about misinformation, emotional manipulation and psychological harm came to a head this year when Haugen released internal company documents showing that the company’s own research confirmed the societal and individual harm its Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp platforms cause.

The Conversation gathered four articles from our archives that delve into research that explains Meta’s problematic behavior.

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Source: Facebook became Meta – and the company’s dangerous behavior came into sharp focus in 2021: 4 essential reads | The Conversation

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