Facebook informant Francis Hogen, former employee (also former) civil integrity team, recently leaked thousands of internal documents, including internal employee discussions, memos, studies and presentations, for a consortium of news agencies in a project collectively called “Facebook Docs… »Gizmodo has files and we are ready to share them with you.
There are a number the reasons we haven’t seen all of these documents go public – at least not yet. First, a little about the format: most, if not all “documents” are actually photographs of a computer screen taken with someone’s phone. While the unedited versions were submitted by Haugen to the SEC as part of its whistleblower complaint, the copies we receive have been edited her legal team… All internal chats and other documents have been edited to remove the names of “low-level” Facebook employees, which means we cannot reach out to them for comments.
In addition, some documents contain confidential material that it would be irresponsible to publish without further editing, which requires significant effort. time.
The stories that have already come out are just the beginning – expect a lot more to be released in the coming days and weeks. We will do our best to make the raw documents available to you as soon as possible (and again, there are many) and to put them in context.
We expect to receive a new batch of documents every day, but we will not know anything about them in advance. As we study them, we’ll be sharing our findings here – including links to full files where possible.
Our goal is to provide people outside the consortium – and outside of journalism in general – with access to the same material we see. Other people have pointed out that researchers in areas such as technical ethics and disinformation deserve this access, as do regulators and anyone else worried about Facebook’s excessive power. We agree and release whatever we can as quickly as possible.
Check out the latest updates below and read our latest breakout stories right here:
Editor’s Note: We will update this story every day as new documents arrive with a new title.
This story is based on disclosures by Francis Hogen to the Securities and Exchange Commission, which were also redacted to Congress by her legal team. Edited versions received by Congress were obtained by a consortium of news organizations including Gizmodo, New York Times, Politico, Atlantic, Wired, The Verge, CNN, and dozens of other publications.