8-10 June 2022
Arena Berlin & Festsaal Kreuzberg
Frances Haugen is an advocate for free speech, accountability & transparency in social media.
Born in Iowa City, Iowa, Frances holds a degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Olin College and an MBA from Harvard University. She is a specialist in algorithmic product management, having worked on ranking algorithms at Google, Pinterest, Yelp, and Facebook. In 2019, she was recruited to Facebook to be the lead Product Manager on the Civic Misinformation team, which dealt with issues related to democracy and misinformation, and later also worked on counter-espionage.
During her time at Facebook, Frances became increasingly alarmed by the choices the company makes prioritizing its profits over public safety and putting people's lives at risk. Frances made the decision to blow the whistle on Facebook.
Frances filed a series of complaints with the US Federal Government relating to Facebook (now named ‘Meta’) claiming that the company has been misleading the public and investors on how it handles issues such as climate change, misinformation, hate speech, and the impact of its services on the mental health of children and young adults.