WASHINGTON, D.C. | July 29, 2021 — Experts on social media, crime, and technology will participate in a major U.S. whistleblower conference discussing blowing the whistle on social media companies and social media whistleblower protections. The panel is part of the 2021 National Whistleblower Day celebration hosted by the National Whistleblower Center (NWC). The virtual conference takes place from July 28th to July 30th. The Executive Director of The Center on Illicit Networks and Transnational Organized Crime, Gretchen Peters, will moderate. The panel begins at 2 PM EDT on Friday, July 30th, as part of the day’s programming, “NATIONAL WHISTLEBLOWER DAY! Recognizing Whistleblowers and Understanding Whistleblower Protections.”
The panel will address the illegal activities hosted on social media platforms, including Facebook, and the role of whistleblowers in exposing and reporting these crimes. Panel experts will explore how to ensure companies take responsibility for these activities, detailing the protections available to social media whistleblowers and the future of transparency and accountability measures for these companies. Since 2016, NWC has been working to hold social media companies accountable for criminal activity, including terror and hate content, wildlife trafficking, and the sale of stolen antiquities.
Ms. Peters will be joined by Tech Transparency Project Director Katie Paul and former Pinterest public policy official and whistleblower Ifeoma Ozoma.
Members of the media are encouraged to RSVP for National Whistleblower Day 2021 for updates and a link to join the event.