Relentless ‘Facebook Papers’ Leaks Will Continue Until Morale Improves

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Relentless ‘Facebook Papers’ Leaks Will Continue Until Morale Improves
In this image from video, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies during a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Thursday, March 25, 2021.
In this image from video, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies during a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Thursday, March 25, 2021.
Photo: House Energy and Commerce Committee (AP)

You’ve likely seen the deluge of damning news stories about Facebook everywhere this past week. Those came thanks to Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen, a former employee who recently leaked thousands of internal documents, including internal employee discussions, memos, research, and presentations, to a consortium of news outlets as part of a project collectively dubbed the “Facebook Papers.” Gizmodo has its mitts on the files, and we’re eager to share them with you.

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There are a few reasons we haven’t seen all of these documents released publicly — though here at Giz, at least, we are currently discussing options for doing that. First, a bit about the format: Most if not all of the “documents” are actually photos of a computer screen taken with someone’s phone. While unredacted versions were shared by Haugen with the Securities and Exchange Commission as part of her whistleblower complaint, the copies we’re receiving have been redacted by her legal team. All of the internal chats and other documents were redacted to remove the names of “low-level” Facebook employees.

This means Gizmodo is unable to reach out to individual employees for comment regarding the opinions they expressed about the company and the way it’s being run.

The stories that have come out already are just the beginning—expect a lot more of this stuff to be released over the coming weeks. We’re going to do our best to give you guys access to the raw documents as soon as possible (and there are, again, A Lot Of Them), and put them into context.