Facebook faces another major problem in its company. A former employee claimed the social media giant allowed the government to exploit content to deceive people. The whistleblower is unraveling a stunning scandal that threatens the reputation and credibility of the organization.
A former Facebook Data Scientist turned whistleblower shared an unpublished 6,600-word memo to BuzzFeed News. The website did not posted the said memo for security reasons. Sophie Zhang, the whistleblower on Facebook, said she had a seemingly “whack-a-mole” experience. She said she had to chase and delete fake accounts for the organization.
Sophie Zhang said Facebook responded late or overlooked the latest political abuse on social media. The situation affected some countries against their people. Several political parties and politicians took advantage of the fake news, propaganda, and disinformation to sway public opinion.
Some of the disinformation Zhang noticed on social media even made it into international news. The situation had affected different countries and cities worldwide.
Facebook faces another fiasco that shakes its credibility to the very core in the eyes of the people. The company narrowly avoided the intense criticism of netizens. Netizens recently had the #DeleteFacebook boycott campaign regarding the Kenosha Militia‘s latest actions that the company refused to deter.
Sophie Zhang: Facebook Data Scientist to Whistleblower
Sophie Zhang comes out with startling allegations supported by facts and observations. She criticized her former employer, Facebook, for disregarding red flags that violated the Community Standards.
According to Zhang, the social media’s overt attempts are growing with different governments trying to use the network for their bidding. The parties’ political interference was present in Azerbaijan and Honduras countries that used false accounts and lied to the public to alter specific opinions.
Zhang said countries like India, Ukraine, Spain, Brazil, and Ecuador used the social media site to execute organized efforts to support and malign electoral results. The whistleblower worked with the fake management team of Facebook’s Site Integrity. They are mainly dealing with platform bots, particularly during elections.
Zhang’s Actions vs. Facebook
Zhang forced herself to do something against her will while working at the social media firm. She added she had to act on her personal opinions against particular political conflicts found on Facebook. Zhang has said her decision had been used to implement the company’s practices against individual political figures.
Zhang’s role as a mid-level employee led her to determine and behave for various nations, which were individually responsible for shifting a nation’s course in a diplomatic stand-off. She also went so far as to say she’s got “life” on her hands because of the missed Facebook events.
Facebook: Ignoring massive political issues?
The world’s most influential social network isn’t offering its side on this topic yet. However, Zhang’s tweet paints an image of who the suspect is. The whistleblower claims Facebook has neglected or taken very late steps on real time-sensitive matters that have been dealt with longer than anticipated.
Sophie Zhang said that even the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) flagged the social media site. She said Facebook took inaction regarding a “Russian [false] activity on a high-profile U.S. political figure.” Several more inactions are revealed with the social media giant being passive and ignorant on the issues.