“You Are A 21st Century American Hero and We Owe You a Debt of Gratitude.”
– Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey to former Facebook employee and whistleblower Francis Haugen who testified before a U.S. Senate committee this October 5th, 2021 about the dangerous and destructive operations of Facebook
A Brief Commentary by Niagara At Large reporter and publisher Doug Draper
Posted October 5th, 2021 on Niagara At Large
“I’m here today (before a U.S. Senate committee this October 5th) because I believe Facebook’s products harm children, stoke division and weaken our democracy. … Yesterday (this past October 4th) we saw Facebook taken off the internet. I don’t know why it went down, but I know that for more than five hours, Facebook wasn’t used to deepen divides, destabilize democracies and make young girls and women feel bad about their bodies.” – former Facebook employee, now whistleblower Frances Haugen
The late American civil rights leader Martin Luther King once said that bad things in this world happen when good people don’t speak out.
King said that more than 50 years ago and there has always been a problem of not enough good people speaking out but these days, good people not speaking out is all too pervasive.
The reasons for not speaking out these days often come down to fear – fear of losing a job or not being able to find one, fear of being attacked by cyber bullies on social media, fear of being sued, and so on.
Whatever the reason may be, the kind of fear that causes too many good people to muzzle themselves plays into the hands of those who want to engage in activities that can do serious damage to our families, our communities and the rest of the word we live in.
That is why, for anyone who saw it this October 5th, the appearance of former Facebook employee and now whistleblower Frances Haugen about the destructive impacts of the content this social media venue unleashes on our lives was so heroic.
I encourage you to click on the screen immediately below and listen to her opening statement in the U.S. Senate, and to reconsider any relationship you may have with Mark Zuckerberg and this Frankenstein monster he created called Facebook –
A Final Note from Doug Draper – This brave woman, who said in her statement that by telling the truth about something she knows is harming us, she is putting her career on the line. She should be an inspiration to all of us.
Like the late Martin Luther King said, bad things happen when good people don’t speak out.
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