Facebook Inc. knows, in acute detail, that its platforms are riddled with flaws that cause harm, often in ways only the company fully understands. That is the central finding of a Wall Street Journal series, based on a review of internal Facebook documents, including research reports, online employee discussions and drafts of presentations to senior management.
Time and again, the documents show, Facebook’s researchers have identified the platform’s ill effects. Time and again, despite congressional hearings, its own pledges and numerous media exposés, the company didn’t fix them. The documents offer perhaps the clearest picture thus far of how broadly Facebook’s problems are known inside the company, up to the chief executive himself.Facebook Files, Pt. 2 : It Knows Instagram Toxic for Girls Wells et al., WSJFacebook Files, Pt. 3: The Anger Algorithm Keach Hagey, Jeff Horwitz, WSJ
Facebook Files, Pt. 4: Overseas Horrors Ignored Scheck et al., WSJ
Facebook Files, Pt. 5: Antivaxxers Thwart Zuckerberg Schechner et al., WSJ
Also: Facebook’s Wide Effort to Attract Preteens Georgia Wells, Jeff Horwitz, WSJ
The Facebook Files, Pts. 1-5