Frances Haugen Biography – Frances Haugen Wiki
Frances Haugen is a former Facebook employee who revealed herself as the whistleblower who provided private research documents to The Wall Street Journal for its Facebook Files project. She is a specialist in algorithmic product management, having worked on ranking algorithms at Google, Pinterest, Yelp and Facebook. Haugen was a product manager at Facebook from 2019 until May 2021.
According to her website, Haugen wrote that she ” was recruited to Facebook to be the lead Product Manager on the Civic Misinformation team, which dealt with issues related to democracy and misinformation, and later also worked on counter-espionage.” She added that “during her time at Facebook, Frances became increasingly alarmed by the choices the company makes prioritizing their own profits over public safety and putting people’s lives at risk. As a last resort and at great personal risk, Frances made the courageous decision to blow the whistle on Facebook.”
Originally from Iowa, Haugen graduated with degrees in electrical and computer engineering from the Olin College of Engineering in 2006. After graduation, she joined Google, according to her LinkedIn profile, where she helped design algorithms for Google Books. She also worked on Google+, the company’s ill-fated Facebook competitor.
In 2009, Google paid for Haugen to get a management degree from Harvard Business School. While at Harvard, she co-founded Secret Agent Cupid in 2010, a dating site that eventually became Hinge, according to her LinkedIn.
Haugen then returned to Google in 2011. In 2015, Haugen joined Yelp, where she worked on the app’s photo algorithms and launched an integration deal between Yelp and Twitter. The following year, she left Yelp for Pinterest, where she also worked on algorithms, according to her LinkedIn. She left Pinterest in January 2018.
Haugen joined Facebook in June 2019, where she reportedly worked on the company’s 200-person “civic integrity” division, according to the Wall Street Journal. She and four other new hires were tasked with building a system to track misinformation targeted at specific groups of people in just three months. The project failed due to inadequate resources, Haugen said.
She reportedly observed that Facebook resisted adding any safety measures that would reduce the amount of time people spent on the company’s platforms. “Facebook has realized that if they change the algorithm to be safer, people will spend less time on the site, they’ll click on less ads, they’ll make less money,” Haugen said on 60 Minutes.
In March 2021, Haugen reportedly left her home in California to live in Puerto Rico, where she expected to work for Facebook remotely.
Meanwhile, she read through and copied documents on Facebook’s internal document system, called “Workplace.” At the same time, Facebook’s human resources department reportedly told Haugen she wasn’t allowed to work from a US territory. In April, she said she would quit the next month, according to the Journal.
Frances Haugen Age
Frances Haugen’s age is unclear. She was born in Iowa City, Iowa, United States.
Frances Haugen Husband
Is Frances Haugen married? It is unclear.
Frances Haugen Family
Born in Iowa City, Iowa, Frances Haugen ” is the daughter of two professors and grew up attending the Iowa caucuses with her parents, instilling a strong sense of pride in democracy and responsibility for civic participation,” according to her website.
Frances Haugen Net Worth
She is the co-founder of Hinge. The estimated value of Hinge is $2 billion, according to Business of Apps. Frances Haugen’s net worth is estimated to be $1 billion.