Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen thinks Mark Zuckerberg should step down, she said Monday during an interview at Web Summit.
When asked, "Should Mark Zuckerberg step down?" Haugen responded, "I think it is unlikely the company will change if he remains the CEO. I hope that he sees that there is so much good he could do in the world and maybe it's a chance for someone else to maybe take the reins ... I think Facebook would be stronger with someone who is willing to focus on safety. So yes."
Haugen's comment has been a long time coming. For weeks, she has been at the center of a storm of criticism toward Meta (formerly known as Facebook). She's leaked documents to The Wall Street Journal for a series of stories known as The Facebook Files, and has continued revealing thousands of pages of documents to a consortium of media outlets, including Protocol, for a barrage of stories that shed light on the company's role in everything from climate denia to its hiring dilemma.
Haugen also responded to complaints lodged by Facebook that she cherry-picked certain documents to leak to journalists. "There's a really easy solution to saying I cherry-picked the documents. [Facebook] could release more documents. This is not a hard thing," she said.