Frances Haugen was hired by Facebook to join the social network’s “Civic Integrity” team, and was distraught when the group was dissolved right after the 2020 election. She began gathering internal documents and communications, eventually quitting in May and turning over a trove of tens of thousands of pages of evidence to federal investigators. On Sunday, she revealed her identity for the first time, granting an interview to 60 Minutes’ Scott Pelley.
Haugen, 37, is data scientist with a undergraduate degree in computer engineering and a master’s degree in business from Harvard. Over her career, she worked for Google and Pinterest before being recruited to join Facebook in 2019.