SAN FRANCISCO (NYTIMES) – At a question-and-answer session with employees last week, Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg was asked about Ms Frances Haugen, a former product manager turned whistle-blower who had testified to the US Senate about the company’s harmful actions.
Mr Zuckerberg spent about 20 minutes discussing the whistle-blower, her testimony and recent media coverage, all without mentioning Ms Haugen by name, according to a recording of the meeting The New York Times obtained.
Some of her assertions on how the platform polarises people, he told employees, were “pretty easy to debunk”.
His comments were part of an internal effort that Facebook has begun to manage the fallout from Ms Haugen’s revelations. Even as Facebook executives have publicly questioned Ms Haugen’s credibility and called her accusations untrue, they have been equally active with their internal positioning as they try to hang on to the goodwill of more than 63,000…