“Former Twitter Employee’s Testimony Is an Urgent Call for Social-Media Platforms to ‘Fix the Feed’” – Common Dreams
Whistleblowers expose illegal and unethical activity from the inside. Learn about how whistleblowers hold the powerful accountable, practical resources for whistleblowers and confidential tip lines to journalists.
- Social media platforms: Twitter, Facebook, Google
- White House: Criminal conspiracy to overthrow America democracy, pressure Ukraine to provide political dirt
- Uber: How to break laws and corrupt politicians for profit
FOX News: Sexual harassment at FOX News
Impact of Uber whistleblower
Profiles in courage
Twitter considered stricter moderation policies after Donald Trump told the Proud Boys to “stand back and stand by”, but the company chose not to act, an employee has told the January 6 committee. – Yahoo/Independent
Cassidy Hutchinson, former White House aide testified that Rudy Giuliani and former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows were among those who asked the former president for a preemptive pardon after the pro-Trump mob descended upon the Capitol on January 6, 2021. – MSN
Mark MacGann decided to speak out, he says, because he believes Uber knowingly flouted laws in dozens of countries and misled people about the benefits to drivers of the company’s gig-economy model. – Guardian
Frances Haugen former Facebook product manager for civic misinformation said that Congress must intervene to solve the “crisis” created by her Facebook which consistently puts its own profits over users’ health and safety. – CNBC
Vindman is an Army officer listened in to the July 25 call in which President Trump asked his Ukrainian counterpart for the “favor” that would have involved investigations that could help Trump in the 2020 election. – NPR
How to blow the whistle safely
You’ve seen something at work which breaks the law or goes against ethical standards. You know that speaking up is the honorable thing to do, but it is a difficult decision. Here are some tips:
- Get legal help early on. You need a lawyer, especially one versed in whistleblower law. Government Accountability Project can provide this or help you find a lawyer.
- Make a plan. Decide whether and when to blow the whistle internally or externally. When does it make sense to give up on internal channels? What documents, if any should be shared with whom? Try to predict how those in the agency or department will react and respond to a disclosure. – Whistleblower Resources
- Avoid turning investigator. It is a whistleblower’s job to report, not investigate. Stick to the hard facts. Do not exaggerate and do not make unfounded accusations which can, if your report goes to investigation or tribunal stage and is not upheld, lead to the other side claiming that you are untrustworthy. – Integrity Line
Whistleblower Laws Enforced by OSHA
OSHA’s Whistleblower Protection Program enforces the whistleblower provisions of more than 20 whistleblower statutes protecting employees from retaliation for reporting violations of various workplace safety and health, airline, commercial motor carrier, consumer product, environmental, financial reform, food safety, health insurance reform, motor vehicle safety, nuclear, pipeline, public transportation agency, railroad, maritime, securities, tax, antitrust, and anti-money laundering laws and for engaging in other related protected activities. An employer cannot take an adverse action against employees, such as: firing or laying off, demoting, denying overtime or promotion, or reducing pay or hours, for engaging in activities protected by OSHA’s whistleblower laws.
You have the right to file a whistleblower complaint with OSHA if you believe your employer retaliated against you for exercising your rights as an employee under the whistleblower protection laws enforced by OSHA. In States with OSHA-approved State Plans, employees may file complaints under section 11(c) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act with Federal OSHA and with the State Plan under its equivalent statutory provision. – Whistleblowers.gov
Government Accountability Project
Government Accountability Project investigators have exposed corruption and kept both public and private organizations accountable to the law for decades. Their full-time investigators have contributed to major publications on topics ranging from public health to national security and human rights.
It recognizes that whistleblowers do not only need support in the courtroom, but also guidance in sharing their stories with the public. Its team identifies, investigates, and exposes wrongdoing and corruption throughout the government and within corporations, both domestically and internationally. Its investigators allow whistleblowers to share their experiences with a larger audience and harness the power of public opinion to put pressure on public and private organizations to galvanize reform. – Whistleblower
Confidential tips lines
- Washington Post
- New York Times
- Associated Press
- The Guardian
- The Intercept
- U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (S.E.C.)
- International Consortium of Investigative Journalists
Secure messaging apps
- Signal a free, open-source, end-to-end encrypted messaging app, Signal enables you to send text messages, multimedia and some small files.
- Whatsapp enforces end-to-end encryption by default on messages, using technology developed in collaboration with Open Whisper Systems.
- Telegram a free, open-source, end-to-end encrypted messaging app, which can be used to communicate directly with reporters.
TakeAway: Do the right thing. Blow the whistle on illegal and unethical activity.
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