Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen assisted and represented by the team at McCue Jury & Partners

On 26 October 2021, Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen gave evidence to the UK Parliament’s Joint Committee on the draft Online Safety Bill. She was accompanied by her key advisors and lawyers, including Andrew Bakaj of Whistleblower Aid represented and assisted by McCue Jury & Partners’ Matthew Jury and Joe Snape.

Her stop in London was the first on an extensive European tour, in which she will meet lawmakers across the continent who are in the process of drafting laws to better regulate social media platforms to stop them from causing harm to their users and society generally.

Being represented by Whistleblower Aid, a non-profit legal organisation that helps patriotic government employees and brave, private-sector workers report and publicise their concerns safely, lawfully, and responsibly, Frances Haugen has access to a world-class team supporting her through the process of challenging the harmful practices of Facebook and other social media companies.

Among other revelations, Haugen also highlighted that Facebook does not disclose the safety measures it has in place. This means, in effect, the only entity that can comprehensively regulate Facebook, is Facebook; this is a situation we would not accept in any other area of life and neither should we in relation to social media.

Haugen will give evidence to other European governments over the next few weeks and will continue to be supported by Whistleblower Aid’s team, including McCue Jury & Partners.