On Monday, American media covered the 'Facebook Papers'.

These are news stories written about Facebook based on thousands of internal Facebook documents leaked by whistleblower Frances Haugen.

We list a number of findings.

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Human trafficking is a problem

Facebook has struggled for years to tackle posts related to human trafficking.

The social network is abused by traffickers to offer people for sale who then have to work in private homes.

In some cases, they are sexually abused and given no food or money.

The company would have known since at least 2018 that human traffickers use Facebook for their practices.

In 2019, Apple even threatened to ban Facebook and Instagram from the App Store if action was not taken quickly.

Facebook employees then quickly deleted problematic posts and made policy changes internally.

Still, the problems persist,




Liking and sharing are a curse and blessing for Facebook

Facebook doesn't quite know what to do with the like and share buttons, writes

The New York Times


The buttons are the core of the network, because users indicate where their interests lie, but they also cause problems.

The buttons spread problematic messages faster.

They also cause (young) users stress and nervousness if they don't get enough approval from friends.

Facebook has tested what would happen if the like buttons on Facebook and Instagram were removed, but users were less active as a result.

Whistleblower Frances Haugen previously said that making profit was more important to Facebook than the well-being of users.

The documents were leaked by Frances Haugen, a former Facebook employee.

The documents were leaked by Frances Haugen, a former Facebook employee.

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Hate against black Americans wins out over Facebook

Facebook is failing to address hate messages against black Americans,

USA Today



Documents from Facebook show that the company is constantly trying to remove racist hate messages with automated systems, but they don't work well enough to stop the most harmful messages.

A company employee estimates that one in a thousand posts on Facebook contains hate speech.

According to this person, less than 5 percent of all hate messages on Facebook are deleted.

Facebook tells

USA Today

that almost all hate messages that are removed are found before they can be posted.

Not up to false claims about US elections

Facebook was no match for incendiary messages shared by users during and prior to the storming of the US Capitol at the beginning of this year,




There was no script for the many false claims spread about the election results.

As a result, Facebook employees lagged behind.

There were no clear rules for many posts that had to be moderated.

There were also delays to do moderation work and there were

technical problems

, according to



In addition, there would be a culture within Facebook of waiting and then acting.

However, according to Facebook, the election had been two years in the making, thousands of employees helped to maintain security, and adjustments were made whenever necessary.

Facebook does not know how to captivate young people

Facebook does not want to succeed in attracting people under the age of thirty.

In recent years, that problem has become more and more serious for the company.

According to

The Verge,

the documents show

that young adults see the network as a place for people in their 40s and 50s.

"They find the messages on Facebook boring, misleading and negative," the company said in a presentation.

Because Facebook doesn't split its user numbers into age groups, investors are in the dark,




To counter the problems, Facebook has tried to release products for teens and young adults.

For example, there were plans for a version of Instagram for children, plans that were later put on hold due to negativity in the media.