Two US senators said Tuesday that a Facebook Inc whistleblower would testify at a Senate hearing next week on what one of them called the “toxic effects” of the social media company on young users.
“The testimony of this whistleblower will be essential to understand what Facebook knew about the toxic effects of its platforms on young users, when they knew it and what they did about it,” said Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal, head of a Senate committee subcommittee on trade, said in a statement announcing the Oct. 5 hearing.
Senator Marsha Blackburn, the top Republican on the subcommittee, said: “From turning a blind eye to the negative impacts of her platforms on adolescent mental health to her inability to police for the traffic, domestic bondage and other harmful content, Facebook has a lot to account for. “
Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The announcement came a day after Instagram, the photo-sharing service owned by Facebook, said it had take a break from a new app he’s creating for kids amid mounting criticism from US lawmakers and advocacy groups.
The senators’ statement gives no information about the whistleblower.