A new Facebook whistleblower was reportedly told by company officials to ‘focus on the good’ after raising problems like illegal drug trades on the platform

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  • A new Facebook whistleblower filed an SEC complaint against the company on Friday, according to documents obtained by The Washington Post.
  • The complaint alleges that Facebook enabled criminal activity such as drug trades within Groups.
  • The whistleblower was told to “focus on the good” by Facebook officials after raising concerns, the report says.

A new Facebook whistleblower has filed a complaint with the Securities and Exchange Commission saying the company enabled criminal activity such as illegal drug trades to take place within private Groups, the Washington Post reported Friday.

According to the anonymous whistleblower, who submitted an affidavit with the SEC Friday and provided documents to the Post, the invite-only communities were poorly monitored by Facebook, enabling “terrifying and aberrant behaviors.”

Facebook officials told the whistleblower “we need to focus on the good” after the whistleblower raised concerns internally, according to the affidavit provided to the Post.

“We proactively identify and remove posts and groups that break our rules – in public and private groups. So even in groups where self-reporting may be less likely, our technology is there to enforce our Community Standards and keep people safe,” Facebook spokeswoman Erin McPike told Insider in a statement.

The new whistleblower is the third former Facebook employee to accuse the social media giant of putting “profits before people” through various allegations of controversial business practices, including turning a blind eye to misinformation, hate speech, and other problematic content.

The Washington Post reported that the latest whistleblower is a former member of Facebook’s Integrity team. Previous whistleblowers Frances Haugen and Sophie Zhang worked on Facebook’s civic integrity team and authenticity team, where they focused on elections and networks of fake accounts.

Even though the two whistleblowers worked on entirely different sides of the company, Zhang told Insider that she saw similarities between their experiences.

“There is basically no overlap between any of our details. What overlaps is our overall message,” she told Insider’s Isobel Hamilton.

Facebook spokeswoman Erin McPike told the Washington Post in a statement, “This is beneath the Washington Post, which during the last five years competed ferociously with the New York Times over the number of corroborating sources its reporters could find for single anecdotes in deeply reported, intricate stories. It sets a dangerous precedent to hang an entire story on a single source making a wide range of claims without any apparent corroboration.”