In a recent previous short-post Facebook Scandals, I noted some current scandals. It looks that there was yet another Facebook whistleblower Sophie Zhang, who had also exposed some inner workings of the company.
This April, Sophie Zhang told the world about her employer’s failure to combat deception and abuse. Her advice? No screenshots, lawyer up – and trust yourself.– The Guardian
The Guardian’s Julia Carrie Wong has a detail profile of Sophie Zhang’s profile where she highlights “the inside story of Sophie Zhang’s battle to combat rampant manipulation as executives delayed and deflected”.
“Officially, I’m a low-level [data scientist] who’s being fired today for poor performance. In practice, in the 2.5 years I’ve spent at Facebook, I’ve … found multiple blatant attempts by foreign national governments to abuse our platform on vast scales to mislead their own citizenry, and caused international news on multiple occasions.”– Sophie Zhang (source: The Guardian)
“Unfortunately, Facebook has become complicit by inaction in this authoritarian crackdown. Although we conclusively tied this network to elements of the government in early February, and have compiled extensive evidence of its violating nature, the effective decision was made not to prioritize it, effectively turning a blind eye” Zhang reportedly wrote in her farewell blog post on Facebook.