Facebook CEO Nick Clegg said in an internal memo that a former employee would accuse the company of contributing to the U.S. Capitol Riots, The New York Times and Axios reported.
And Facebook appears to be launching a preemptive strike against the whistleblower with the memo that was also shared with Axios ahead of the “60-minute” CBS interview that airs Sunday and ahead of his scheduled appearance at Tuesday’s Senate hearing.
The tech giant on “60 Minutes” will be accused of contributing to polarization in the United States, Clegg, Facebook’s vice president of global affairs, wrote in the note. Clegg says the program “would suggest that the extraordinary steps we took for the 2020 election were watered down too soon and contributed to the horrific events of January 6 on Capitol Hill.”
The witness and a former Facebook employee on “60 Minutes” will reveal the allegations based on thousands of pages of internal research provided by the witness, according to CBS.
The testimony claims it can “prove that Facebook is lying to the public and investors about the effectiveness of its campaigns to eliminate hate, violence and disinformation from its platforms.” Instagram on teenage girls after a batch of Wall Street Journal documents.
“What exists just doesn’t support the idea that Facebook, or social media in general, is the number one cause of polarization in America,” Clegg said.