Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen, who appeared before Congress this week, could testify on Thursday before the House committee investigating the January 6 attack on the US Capitol to testify about the role of the social media giant.
Details emerged as lawmakers on the committee charged with investigating the events surrounding the violence struggled to locate a key aide to Donald Trump before a subpoena expires.
Haugen, a former Facebook product manager, went public with her concerns and testified before a Senate subcommittee on Tuesday.
“Facebook’s products harm children, create division and weaken our democracy,” she said, calling on Congress to intervene.
“The company’s leadership knows how to make Facebook and Instagram more secure, but will not make the necessary changes because they have put their astronomical profits for the people.”
In a Sunday interview with 60 Minutes, she linked the January 6 violence with a decision a month earlier to disband the Civil Integrity team, which was set up to prevent bad actors from manipulating the platform during the election.
“It was the moment when I thought, ‘I don’t trust that they are willing to actually invest what needs to be invested to prevent Facebook from becoming dangerous,'” she said.
Former Facebook employee and whistleblower Frances Haugen testified before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation on Tuesday. According to reports, she could appear on Thursday before the January 6 investigation
The Jan. 6 Select Committee to Investigate the Attack is tasked with investigating the violence unleashed on the Capitol by supporters of former President Donald Trump
Rep. Adam Schiff said Haugen should appear before the Jan. 6 committee
Citing multiple sources, CNN reported that Haugen could appear before the Jan. 6 committee as early as Thursday.
Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff, who sits on the committee, said she should appear for the Jan. 6 inquiry.
“According to this Facebook whistleblower, shutting down the civil integrity team and disabling disinformation tools in the election contributed to the January 6 uprising,” he said.
“The select committee will have to hear from her and get internal information from Facebook to shape their role.”
The commission is charged with investigating the attack on Congress, when supporters of former President Trump stormed the Capitol and tried to prevent lawmakers from certifying Joe Biden’s election win.
Facebook said it was unreasonable to accuse it of a role in the violence.
“If the claim is that January 6 can be explained because of social media, I think that’s just ridiculous,” Nick Clegg, the platform’s vice president of global affairs, told CNN’s Reliable Sources on Sunday.
“The responsibility for the violence on January 6 and the uprising on that day rests entirely with the people who inflicted the violence and those who encouraged them, including then-President Trump and, quite frankly, many other people elsewhere in the media who encouraged violence. allegation that the election was stolen.’
Meanwhile, the Jan. 6 commission is having trouble finding a key Trump aide to serve him with subpoenas, according to CNN.
Lawmakers received a subpoena more than a week ago ordering Dan Scavino, the former Trump White House deputy chief of staff, to cooperate with their investigation.
In her testimony, Haugen said, “Facebook’s products harm children, create division and weaken our democracy.” And she called on Congress to rein in the social media giant
Members of the Jan. 6 Select Committee to Investigate the Attack have been unable to locate Trump ally Dan Scavino to serve him with a subpoena, according to a report.
But a source familiar with the situation said they had not been able to physically serve it.
The source joked that they had to tweet the subpoena because he was trolling the panel on Twitter.
Time is running out, as the subpoena demands that documents be produced before October 7.
Eric Trump tweeted that Scavino wasn’t hard to find.
“Love this Democratic story that @DanScavino is ‘in hiding,'” he said.
“Ironically, I saw him yesterday at a law enforcement funeral of more than 1,000 for a dear mutual friend in New York. Dan walked around, shaking hands… I don’t know how much more public someone could be.’
Other Trump allies subpoenaed include former adviser Steve Bannon, former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, and former Pentagon chief of staff Kash Patel.
Trump has ordered the four not to cooperate.
According to a letter seen by Politico, they have been told that materials sought by the commission violate the privilege of the executive.
“President Trump is willing to defend these fundamental privileges in court,” a Trump lawyer said in a letter.
A Jan 6 commission spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.