Meta, Facebook’s parent company, is facing new complaints accusing the company of misleading investors about its efforts to combat climate change and COVID-19 misinformation.
The latest complaints came from Whistleblower Aid, a nonprofit group representing Frances Haugen, who exposed the former Facebook product manager to the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) this month.
According to The Washington Post, the complaints allege that Facebook made “material distortions” while excluding information from investors about its efforts to prevent misinformation on its platforms. The post referred to forged copies of the documents.
Whistleblower Aid confirmed that the complaints were filed with the SEC, claiming that investors had every legal right to learn the truth from the company. However, the SEC declined to comment on the matter.
Documents shared with the SEC make it clear that Facebook is privately and openly saying different things about its approach to climate change and COVID-19 disinformation.
One complaint claims that despite numerous claims by officials that they are committed to tackling the “global crisis”, Facebook’s “significant” misinformation about climate change “exists.” misinformation such as vaccine hesitation.
Facebook said the leaked internal documents were “misrepresented” and “falsely portrayed” by the company. Despite having more than 40,000 employees working in the field of security and safety, who have invested more than $ 13 billion in such issues, the company continues to face such criticism.
Meta spokesman Drew Pusateri said in an email.
There is no one-size-fits-all solution to prevent the spread of misinformation, but we are committed to creating new tools and policies to combat it.
The spokesman added that the company is committed to combating misinformation and emphasizes the efforts of the Center for Climate Sciences.