Roger McNamee, an early Facebook investor, and mentor of Mark Zuckerberg, recently called for a criminal investigation into Facebook at this year’s Web Summit. He proposed 6 different investigations into the social media company, adding that the platform was allowing human trafficking to occur on its site, and being paid to do so.
McNamee demanded a criminal investigation into the tech giant, adding that there should be prison sentences given to executives who were found guilty.
Frances Haugen, one of the left-leaning whistleblowers, opened up the Web Summit conference telling a crowd of 20,000 that Mark Zuckerberg should resign as the Facebook CEO.
Haugen states how Zuckerberg was putting lives at risk and prioritizing news feed content that has a side effect of amplifying extreme and divisive material. Her speech had been met with huge applause.
McNamee told Jane Martinson, a Guardian journalist, that she has been trying to raise concerns over Facebook’s actions for years. She said back in 2008 that Facebook had been engineered to make users mad and scared. She said that you think the content is stuff you like when really it is what Facebook thinks you like. It’s the stuff that they use to make their business models and algorithms work, alongside an increase in profits. She said that social media platforms have the ability to make you mad, afraid, and angry. She states how it is not good for America or Facebook users.
McNamee spoke at the Summit and outlined the six areas he believes felony investigation is warranted. He said that the US Securities and Exchange Commission needs to examine the platform’s failure to disclose information about their business practices.
Facebook has continued to permit human trafficking on the site and be paid to allow it to occur. She went on to state how Facebook’s management has been complicit in the “Stop the Steal” campaign that led to the January 6th insurrection on Capitol Hill.
A Texas state AG is investigating whether the company worked with Google to fix prices, adding that the standard penalty is three-and-a-half years imprisonment for price-fixing in America. McNamee didn’t include the two last areas that he believes should be investigated within Facebook headquarters.