The US Federal Trade Commission is reportedly looking into whether Facebook's own research documents show the social network violated a 2019 settlement over privacy concerns, for which the company paid a $5 billion fine.
The research documents were leaked by Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen, who has accused the social network of putting profits over people. The documents were the foundation for a series by The Wall Street Journal that reported, among other things, the company ignored research about how Instagram can harm teen girls and that an algorithm change to improve interactions on the platform actually made users "angrier."
A Facebook spokesperson said the company is "always ready to answer regulators' questions and will continue to cooperate with government inquiries."
Facebook has previously said that the internal documents are being misrepresented and paint a "false picture" of the company. A Facebook spokesperson added that the company is "on track to spend more than $5 billion this year alone on safety and security and have over 40,000 people to do one job: keep people safe on Facebook."
The FTC declined to comment.
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