By Paul LeBlanc, CNN
Monica Lewinsky said on Tuesday that social media companies “need to do better” as scrutiny intensifies over new revelations from a Facebook whistleblower, who suggested the social media giant was aware its platforms were used to spread hatred, violence and disinformation and tried to hide this evidence.
“I absolutely think all social media companies, even if they try, can definitely do better. And they have to do better, ”Lewinsky told CNN’s Jake Tapper on“ The Lead ”.
Lewinsky, after years out of public view after becoming a figure of national fascination with her affair with then-President Bill Clinton, is now known as an activist against bullying and cyberbullying.
His comments follow a Wall Street Journal report based on internal Facebook documents that show the company is aware of the “toxic” effects its platforms, especially Instagram, can have on young people. Former Facebook employee Frances Haugen told the Senate on Tuesday that company executives knew of ways to make Facebook and Instagram safer, but would not do so “because they have shot up their astronomical profits.” before people.
Facebook released a statement following the hearing that sought to discredit Haugen.
Asked about social media companies and Haugen’s testimony, Lewinsky, who is executive producer of HBO Max’s upcoming documentary “15 Minutes of Shame,” which examines public shame in the age of social media, said: ” Partly what our doc examines this online behavior that is happening and women and people from marginalized communities are much more torn online, so coming forward as a whistleblower in that sense is very courageous. “
She later added, “If you think of the stoning that happened long ago, the stone you pick up and throw into the storm of outrage is generally and often public humiliation and shame.”
“This is how we get angry. I mean, there are other ways of doing it too, but I think that’s where, you know, it all comes together, ”Lewinsky continued.
Renewed attention is also being paid to the affair that Lewinsky, then a White House intern, had with Clinton at the age of 22. The twists and turns of the scandal are dramatized in “Impeachment: American Crime Story”, a new FX series for which Lewinsky is a producer.
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CNN’s Devan Cole contributed to this report.