If you have been watching the news, then you may be aware of the whistleblowers who have come forward to discuss the social media giant Facebook. Whistleblowers have come forward to discuss the platform’s impact on children and how it has influenced the very democracy of the country.
A former data scientist for the company took away thousands of private internal documents to show how she believes that hate speech and misinformation are emphasized on the platform. She also went on to show how the platform has had a negative impact on teens and young girls. She claims that Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO and co-founder of Facebook, has no one that holds him accountable.
In whistleblower cases, CEOs don’t always speak out. However, Zuckerberg did break his silence on the matter by refuting much of what the data scientist said. He argued that he invested in an industry-leading research program and industry-leading standard for transparency.
The data scientist went on to argue that the platform needs congressional oversight because it cannot regulate itself or be transparent on its own. She accused Facebook of relaxing safeguards that allowed misinformation to spread about the 2020 election and that may have, she believes, fueled the January 6 attack.
Whistleblower cases require evidence and a strong argument
Especially when facing off against a massive company like Facebook, whistleblower cases do need to have strong evidence and arguments.
If you believe that you have a case against your employer for violating the rights of those at the company or violating other federal laws, then it’s important to prepare your case. You will need to file a Qui Tam claim, which you should only file after you and your attorney believe that you have the evidence you need to make your case.
The government will determine if it wants to pursue the case or not. If it does, then you will likely be asked to testify in court. That’s something that your attorney will help you prepare for, since this can be a daunting act. If the government does not wish to pursue it, you may be able to continue the case in its stead.