It Looks Like Facebook Whistleblower Haugen Is Being Funded By The Billionaire Founder Of eBay

  • Taking on one of the most powerful companies in the world can be pricey, but Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen has the billionaire founder of eBay to help out, apparently.
  • Pierre Omidyar is a well-known critic of Big Tech whose previous advocacy efforts have supported independent journalism, anti-monopoly campaigns, and employee activism.
  • Omidyar’s foundation donated $150,000 to Whistleblower Aid last year, and his philanthropic organization, Luminate, is covering Haugen’s PR operations in Europe.

Hannah Towey from Insider writes:

“Fighting one of the most powerful companies in the world can be expensive, but Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen has the billionaire founder of eBay in her corner, according to a Wednesday Politico report.

His name is Pierre Omidyar, a well-known critic of Big Tech whose previous advocacy efforts have supported independent journalism in Hawaii, anti-monopoly campaigns, and employee activism.

Omidyar’s foundation donated $150,000 to Whistleblower Aid last year — the same nonprofit responsible for Haugen’s legal representation.

Omidyar’s philanthropic organization, Luminate, is also providing Haugen’s PR operations in Europe, Politico’s Emily Birnbaum wrote. Bill Burton, Haugen’s top PR representative in the US, comes from the Center for Humane Technology, a group that Omidyar also funds.

Neither Haugen nor Omidyar has responded to claims of financial support detailed in Politico’s report, and were not immediately available to comment when contacted by Insider…”

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