A new report revealed alarming and shady practices and Facebook and Congressman David Cicilline wants to hold them accountable.
“Thanks to journalists at The New York Times, we found out just how far Facebook has gone to protect themselves,” he explained. “They hired an opposition research firm to attack their competitors, they unfairly attacked citizen activists, and they tried to buy Congress’ silence with big campaign donations.”
In addition to this, Cicilline says that once Facebook discovered that its platform was being misused, they didn’t try to fix the problem and instead just tried to cover it up.
The report showed Facebook downplayed Russian use of the site, which was a big factor in the Kremlin’s efforts to affect the 2016 election, and tried to mask the extent of a data breach affecting 10 million users.
“This New York Times story reveals that Facebook executives put their big bonuses and stock options ahead of the interests of people like us, who use their product,” said Cicilline. “Rather than face the music and help develop solutions, Facebook is still avoiding important questions about privacy, competition, and threats to our democracy.”
Cicilline believes that Facebook is clearly unable to regulate themselves and thinks that when Democrats take control of the House, they need to hold Facebook accountable for the harm they’ve done.
“We’ll put the interests of consumers first, for a change,” he said.