Last Updated on October 12, 2021
Sophie Zhang, a second Facebook “whistleblower,” wants to testify before Congress to talk about “potential criminal violations” from the social media giant. When she was fired from Facebook last fall, she wrote a nearly 8,000 word memo accusing them of not censoring their platform enough. Like the last whistleblower, she is expected to call for more censorship.
Zhang, a transgender woman, grew up in Michigan and is the daughter of parents who immigrated from China.
The second Facebook whistleblower has come out and seeks to testify before Congress about the social media company’s “potential criminal violations.” Sophie Zhang, a transgender woman, claims to have submitted documents to an unnamed US law enforcement agency regarding her allegations.
“If Congress wishes for me to testify, I will fulfill my civic duty, as I’ve publicly stated for the past half year. Last year, I testified privately before a European Parliamentary committee though I was avoiding press. My duty to democracy comes first,” Zhang tweeted on Thursday.
If Congress wishes for me to testify, I will fulfill my civic duty, as I've publicly stated for the past half year.
Last year, I testified privately before a European Parliamentary committee though I was avoiding press. My duty to democracy comes first.https://t.co/F0BAlzw5oh
— Sophie Zhang（张学菲） (@szhang_ds) October 12, 2021
Zhang worked as a low-level data scientist at Facebook before being fired by the company last year. On the day of her termination, she published a nearly 8,000 word memo accusing Facebook of not censoring their platform enough. “She was fired by Facebook last year detailing how she believed the company was not doing enough to tackle hate and misinformation,” reported CNN.
Zhang grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and is the daughter of parents who hail from mainland Communist China.
On September 30, Zhang tweeted that “the divisions of the United States in the present day have deepened to the point where I am deeply worried that the American democratic experiment will effectively end within the next two decades, or that another civil war will occur in that time. I don’t now a way around that.”
The first Facebook “whistleblower,” Frances Haugen, revealed through past tweets to have Marxist sympathies, who has not been censored at all, granted a Twitter blue checkmark, and appeared on 60 minutes, testified before Congress calling for more censorship and government control over the internet. The testimony prompted Senator Kirsten Gillibrand to issue further calls for the creation of an Orwellian government information arbiter body she called the “Data Protection Agency.”
Facebook chooses profits over our privacy and safety every day. Facebook whistleblower @FrancesHaugen says we need a new regulatory agency to hold them accountable, and I agree. It's time to establish a Data Protection Agency to hold Big Tech accountable. https://t.co/G2vxxS2Zdc
— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) October 5, 2021