Francis Hogan said Wednesday he was “deeply concerned” about the company’s plans to create a “metaverse” – a virtual reality version of the Internet – for privacy concerns.
Haugen’s revelations sparked a wave of bad publicity. At the end of last month, Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced plans to create a digital world where people feel confronted with the help of virtual reality technology.
Speaking to the French parliament on Wednesday during a European tour, Hogan said he was “deeply concerned” about Metavers.
Meta, the former Facebook company, wants to “fill our environment with sensors, microphones, and other surveillance tools,” and adoption of the technology by the company would be “very problematic.”
“Imagine you work from home and your employer decides, ‘I want to be a Metaverse company,'” he told lawmakers.
“You can’t decide whether Facebook can spy on you just as you can’t choose not to use Facebook in your personal life,” he added.
A former Facebook engineer has leaked internal documents to the media that have criticized the social media giant for weeks for its impact on fragile democracies and vulnerable youth.
In testimony to US and European lawmakers last month, he insisted that Facebook voted for Profits to reduce toxic content and found it hard to believe it would change the way the company went.
Zuckerberg responded by saying, “The argument that we consciously promote content that infuriates people in the name of profit is utterly irrational.
Haugen, a 37-year-old data specialist, also told the French Parliament about how he has faced scrutiny and public exposure since presenting himself as the lead source of a series of explosive reports in the Wall Street Journal in early October.
“It’s important to provide psychological support to many whistleblowers,” he said, adding that by blocking Covid-19, he was lucky enough to be with his mother last year.
“My mother is a pastor and I have received a lot of counseling and therapy time,” she says.
“Most whistleblowers don’t have that level of support. It’s important to make sure there is someone who coaches you through this process.”
Meta reported a profit of $9 billion (roughly Rs 67,074) for the July-September quarter of this year.