The former Facebook manager who shocked the world this fall by releasing tens of thousands of internal documents and claiming her former employer of being more concerned with money than with public safety has landed a book contract.
Frances Haugen’s planned memoir, “Offering a Critical Examination of Facebook,” was acquired by Little, Brown & Company on Thursday. The title and release date of the book is yet to be determined. The financial details were not provided.
“During my time at Facebook, I discovered a horrible truth: absolutely nobody outside of Facebook knows what goes on within Facebook.” “They operate in complete darkness,” Haugen stated in a statement.
“They win by keeping their systems closed, with little monitoring or transparency, and by shrouding their operations in secrecy and public relations spin.” I came forward because I trust that every human being deserves the respect of the truth — and the fact is that Facebook’s huge profits are purchased by sacrificing our safety. But this does not have to be the case; these issues are addressable. We can have social media that we like while still bringing out the best in people. My hope is that this book will point us in the right direction.”
The prominence of Haugen has been regarded as a symptom of a rising tide of Big Tech whistleblowers. In Senate evidence in October, Haugen claimed that the firm had neglected to make improvements to Instagram despite internal studies indicating obvious harm to some youths and that it had not done enough to address hate speech and misinformation.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has rejected her claims, calling them a “false picture” of the company, but agreed with her that the government’s internet legislation needed to be updated.
Little, Brown did not reveal the financial parameters of the agreement or the anticipated release date for Frances Haugen’s book.
Haugen is a data expert from Iowa City, Iowa, with a degree in electrical and computer engineering from Olin College and a master’s degree in business from Harvard. She had already worked for internet businesses such as Google and Yelp for 15 years before being hired by Facebook in 2019 and joining its civic integrity team as a lead product manager.
According to Haugen and others, Facebook dissolved the civic integrity unit after the November 2020 election; however, Facebook claims that the unit was not eliminated, but rather incorporated into a bigger team. According to Haugen, she felt concerned that the corporation could not be trusted to “really invest what needs to be invested to keep Facebook from being hazardous.” She quit Facebook in May, but not before she spent weeks going over and copying records.