Frances Haugen, a former Facebook product manager turned whistleblower, has disclosed that her sanctuary in Puerto Rico is “good for the foreseeable future” thanks to a well-timed bitcoin investment. The whistleblower, who recently made news for calling out Facebook’s “betrayal of democracy,” revealed her crypto investment in an interview, claiming that she is not financially dependant on anybody. Haugen would not reveal the specifics of her cryptocurrency assets, but she did discuss them to dispel rumors of financial reliance.
Apart from coping with an ongoing health condition, Haugen claimed in an interview with the New York Times that she relocated to Puerto Rico to be with her “crypto pals.” She also said that she was supported by non-profits founded by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar, but that the funding solely paid her travel expenses.
For months, Haugen, a product manager on Facebook’s civic misinformation team, gave papers that were utilized in a Wall Street Journal investigation, and he also testified at a Senate hearing on Instagram’s harm to underage females. Facebook’s opaque architecture, according to Haugen, means it has no monitoring – even from its own Oversight Board, which is as blind as the general public.
The whistleblower continued, claiming that Facebook knows how to make its services safer but refuses to do so “because they have put their exorbitant profits ahead of people.”
During her evidence, Haugen also said that Facebook made adjustments to its “dangerous” algorithms that led to societal division and that the company realized that these changes kept users coming back to the platform.
This isn’t the first time that a whistleblower has praised cryptocurrencies despite their alleged flaws. Edward Snowden, a former NSA, and CIA computer intelligence expert and perhaps one of the most well-known whistleblowers were able to maintain his financial stability in the past because of his Bitcoin investments.