In her first public address since leaking a bunch of damning documents about the inner workings of Facebook, whistleblower Frances Haugen asked her former boss, Mark Zuckerberg, to step down and change rather than devote resources to a rebrand. requested permission.
“I think it’s unlikely that the company will change if [Mark Zuckerberg] Remains CEO haugen Told in a packed area Monday on the opening night of the Web Summit, a technocratic festival that draws dozens to the Portuguese capital, Lisbon.
The former Facebook product manager responded affirmatively to the question of whether Zuckerberg should resign, adding: “Maybe this is a chance for someone else to take the reins… Facebook will be stronger with someone who knows security.” Was ready to focus on.
Social network with about 3 billion users, changed its name Last week for Meta, in a rebrand that focused on building “the Metaverse,” a shared virtual environment it bets will be the successor to the mobile Internet.
But early adopters of the virtual world known as the Metaverse blasted Facebook’s rebranding as an attempt to capitalize on growing buzz over a concept that wasn’t designed to divert attention from the recent negative.
Commenting on the rebranding, Haugen said it doesn’t make sense given the security issues that have yet to be resolved.
“Facebook repeatedly expands and picks new areas, instead of sticking landing on what they’ve already done, which often erupts with applause,” Haugen told an animated crowd.
Facebook’s announcement came amid strong criticism from lawmakers and regulators over the corporation’s business practices — particularly its vast market power, algorithmic decisions and policing of abuse on its services.
The social media network, which operates a dual-class stock structure through which Zuckerberg and a small group of investors control the company, has hit back, saying the documents leaked by Haugen were used as a “false picture”. ” was to be painted.
Haugen told British and US lawmakers last month that Facebook would fuel more violent unrest around the world unless it curbs its algorithms that push excessive, divisive content and allow them to scroll. prey on vulnerable demographics.
“A major problem is that the foundation of the platform’s security is based on language-by-language monitoring of content, which is not the case in all countries where Facebook operates,” Hogen said.