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Frances Haugen says in her time with Facebook she saw, "conflicts of interest between what was good for the public and what was good for Facebook." Scott Pelley reports. Last month an anonymous former employee filed complaints with federal law enforcement. The complaints say Facebook's own research shows that it amplifies hate, misinformation and political unrest—but the company hides what it knows. One complaint alleges that Facebook's Instagram harms teenage girls. What makes Haugen's complaints unprecedented is the trove of private Facebook research she took when she quit in May. The documents appeared first, last month, in the Wall Street Journal. But tonight, Frances Haugen is revealing her identity to explain why she became the Facebook whistleblower. Facebook's response to 60 Minutes' report, "The Facebook Whistleblower" Facebook whistleblower says company incentivizes "angry, polarizing, divisive content" Haugen stated, "The thing I saw at Facebook over and over again was there were conflicts of interest between what was good for the public and what was good for Facebook. And Facebook, over and over again, chose to optimize for its own interests, like making more money."  Frances Haugen is 37, a data scientist from Iowa with a degree in computer engineering and a Harvard master's degree in business. For 15 years she's worked for companies including Google and Pinterest. Do you believe in coincidences? The day after this became public Facebook had a worldwide outage for a nearly a day. Was this intended to show us how our lives would be impacted without the social media giant? If you felt better and had less anger in you, maybe a longer outage would do us all some good.

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