Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen appears at the European Parliament on Monday

Former Facebook employee Frances Haugen (d), in a file image. EFE / EPA / FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA

Brussels, Nov 7 (EFE) .- Former Facebook employee Frances Haugen, who has denounced the company for putting its economic benefits before the safety of users and even that of the democratic system, will present her revelations to the European Parliament on Monday .
His intervention coincides with the negotiation of two laws that are being finalized in Brussels to limit the market power of large technology companies and demand greater control over the illegal content that appears on their platforms.
“I am especially interested in knowing if Frances Haugen has specific suggestions about our work on the digital services law, in relation to the responsibility of platforms,” ​​the rapporteur for this regulation, the Social Democratic MEP Christel Schaldemose, told EFE.
“Mrs. Haugen’s testimony will probably reveal the problematic role that platforms such as Facebook play in modern society,” Andreas Schwab, MEP of the European People’s Party, commented also to EFE, rapporteur for the second regulation, the digital market law.
The European Union, which lost the battle against Silicon Valley when it comes to promoting the emergence of large internet companies, now aspires to lead its control with laws that better protect users and promote free competition in a digital world where Facebook , Google or Amazon have an indisputable role in the daily life of citizens.
The digital services law will oblige the platforms to provide information to the authorities about how the algorithms that regulate the content that each user sees work and they will have to undergo independent audits that will review, for example, how companies eliminate illegal information.
“We need to open the black box that are the algorithms and ask the platforms to review the risk that any algorithm (…) entails for users,” defends Schaldemose, who hopes that Haugen’s intervention “underscores the need” to act in this ambit.
“Facebook makes money by collecting user data and proliferating political content through ads. (…) The more extreme, the more clicks they get,” Schwab maintains.
“Facebook decides what we see and how often. But these rules do not have to be decided only by a private company,” continues the EPP MEP.
The intention of the European legislators is that the two laws can be passed next year so that they come into force in 2023.
EU countries are expected to adopt their position on November 25 on the law on digital markets, which ultimately allows the European Commission to fragment large internet companies if they fail to comply with the rules of free competition.
That position will have to be negotiated later with the European Parliament, which has not yet ruled on either of the two laws, although European sources estimate that the Internal Market commission will do so between the end of November and the beginning of December, before the statement is made. full.
Parliamentary groups are still negotiating aspects such as whether to ban personalized advertising – the main business of platforms – or the criteria that determine which companies the laws will apply to.
Haugen will speak tomorrow in the European Parliament after having already done so in the United States Congress and the British Parliament.


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