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Rechtswidrige Inhalte: Viel weniger NetzDG-Beschwerden als erwartet - SPIEGEL ONLINE - Netzwelt
#Netzwelt #Web #YouTube #Facebook #SozialeNetzwerke

Et pendant ce temps...

Les gouvernements européens s’accordent pour confier la censure du Web à ...

#Google et #Facebook !

#Facebook: Du uns auch, Mark -

Interessiert es Facebook #Nutzer noch, dass Mark Zuckerberg ihre Daten verkaufen wollte - und dass #Netflix, #Airbnb, #Tinder diese bevorzugt bekamen? Das sollte es.

Ein IMHO von Dirk Peitz/Zeit Online

Here's a thing I made (in two seconds, in Paint, designed to be cheesy and get likes on #facebook ) for #frank-the-flowerhorn who died. I was so sad to hear about it! Poor #king-of-diy #uarujoey .

#fish #aquarium #youtube #flowerhorn

Been a while since I've posted anything here, but I'm back now.

Facebook is getting ever squickier. They're censoring the shit out of adult content and that means queer folks are getting the boot too. They're censoring things like stating whether you're a top or a bottom, etc etc. Tumblr is also getting shitty. I really worry about what this means for our communities, especially given that so much of our networking is online due to the fact that we're only a small part of the population.

The world is a very uncomfortable place nowadays and doesn't seem to be getting less so.

#facebook #queer #worried #tumblr

Das #LogbuchNetzpolitik über den möglichen Abbruch des #brexit, #5G Vergabe, Den peinlichen #Digitalpakt #Facebook auf dem absteigenden Ast, #Marriot Datenreichtum und eine Trauermär über die #Cebit

Une suite possible après les gilets jaunes ?
Quand un mouvement de colère s'exprime sur Facebook, il est identifiable, traçable - marketable.
De la publicité pour des voitures quand vous en avez parlé, on est déjà passé (peut-être pas encore en France) à de la publicité pour des mouvements politiques.
Qui achètera ces espaces de publicité ?
#giletsjaunes #facebook

EFF has caught wind of the recent quiet changes in #Facebook Yes, after #Tumblr expect FB refugees next. Groups and accounts were already banned or deleted because of this. Good for the #fediverse thank you Tumblr and Facebook!

Facebook’s Sexual Solicitation Policy is a Honeypot for Trolls

Facebook just quietly adopted a policy that could push thousands of innocent people off of the platform. The new “sexual solicitation” rules forbid pornography and other explicit sexual content (which was already functionally banned under a different statute), but they don’t stop there: they also ban “implicit sexual solicitation”, including the use of sexual slang, the solicitation of nude images, discussion of “sexual partner preference,” and even expressing interest in sex. That’s not an exaggeration: the new policy bars “vague suggestive statements, such as ‘looking for a good time tonight.’” It wouldn’t be a stretch to think that asking “Netflix and chill?” could run afoul of this policy.

Kai Biermann on Twitter

“Facebook hat seinen Algorithmus verändert. Die Seiten vieler Medien in Deutschland haben dadurch Leser verloren. Nur eine Sparte nicht: rechte Verschwörungsseiten.

Der Menschenrechtler Lew Ponomarjow muss im Gefängnis bleiben, allerdings wurden ihm einige Tage Haftverschonung gewährt. Das beschied ein Moskauer Gericht. Die Hintergründe erläutert unser Korrespondent Miodrag Soric. #LewPonomarjow #Menschenrechtsaktivist #Menschenrechte #Prozess #Moskau #Gericht #Facebook

Für Facebook gibt es derzeit einfach keine guten Nachrichten: In Italien wurde jetzt eine erhebliche Datenschutzstrafe verhängt. #Datenschutz #Datenweitergabe #Facebook #Italien


Wahre Worte gelassen aufgeschrieben

Bild/Fotoheise online (inoffiziell) wrote the following post Fri, 07 Dec 2018 06:18:24 +0100

Viele Anbieter füttern brav die sozialen Medien, lassen ihre eigene Webseite aber verhungern.Kommentar: Facebook ist nicht die Öffentlichkeit!\#Facebook #Kommentar #Online-Marketing #SozialeNetzwerke #Websites

For those who believed capitalists would never be as stupid as to try changing the fact "Money can't buy you love.":

Viele Anbieter füttern brav die sozialen Medien, lassen ihre eigene Webseite aber verhungern. #Facebook #Kommentar #Online-Marketing #SozialeNetzwerke #Websites

Hey #fediverse #osada #hubzilla #diaspora #socialhome #pleroma #misskey #mastodon #gnusocial

Get ready for #Facebook refugees too. FB has released a new ToS and started deleting groups and pages. The most common, those discussing about sex, nudity, and erotica, even if it was just part of cerative fiction, in text or images, subtle or not.

What's with the sudden changes and immediate bans? First it was #Tumblr now it's Facebook.


Facebook accused of striking 'secret deals over user data'

More than 200 pages of confidential emails are shared online by Parliament's fake news inquiry.
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Emails written by Facebookʼs chief and his deputies show the firm struck secret deals to give some developers special access to user data while refusing others, according to MPs.

A cache of [2]internal documents has been published online by a parliamentary committee.

It said the files also showed Facebook had deliberately made it "as hard as possible" for users to be aware of privacy changes to its Android app.

Facebook had objected to their release.

It said that the documents had been presented in a "very misleading manner" and required additional context.

The emails were obtained from the chief of Six4Three - a software firm that is suing the tech giant - and were disclosed by the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee as part of its inquiry into fake news.

About 250 pages have been published, some of which are marked "highly confidential".

Damian Collins MP, the chair of the committee, highlighted several "key issues" in an introductory note.

He wrote that:
\* Facebook allowed some companies to maintain "full access" to usersʼ friends data even after announcing changes to its platform in 2014/2015 to limit what developersʼ could see. "It is not clear that there was any user consent for this, nor how Facebook decided which companies should be whitelisted," Mr Collins wrote 
 \* Facebook had been aware that an update to its Android app that let it collect records of usersʼ calls and texts would be controversial. "To mitigate any bad PR, Facebook planned to make it as hard as possible for users to know that this was one of the underlying features," Mr Collins wrote 
 \* Facebook used data provided by the Israeli analytics firm Onavo to determine which other mobile apps were being downloaded and used by the public. It then used this knowledge to decide which apps to acquire or otherwise treat as a threat 
 \* there was evidence that Facebookʼs refusal to share data with some apps caused them to fail 
 \* there had been much discussion of the financial value of providing access to friendsʼ data

Facebook said Six4Three had "cherry-picked" the documents and claimed they had omitted "important context".

"We stand by the platform changes we made in 2015 to stop a person from sharing their friendsʼ data with developers," said a spokeswoman.

"Like any business, we had many internal conversations about the various ways we could build a sustainable business model for our platform.

"But the facts are clear: weʼve never sold peopleʼs data."

Mr Zuckerberg has also [3]posted a personal response on his Facebook page.

"I understand there is a lot of scrutiny on how we run our systems. Thatʼs healthy given the vast number of people who use our services around the world, and it is right that we are constantly asked to explain what we do," he said.

"But itʼs also important that the coverage of what we do - including the explanation of these internal documents - doesnʼt misrepresent our actions or motives."

Tactics revealed

The correspondence includes emails between Facebook and several other tech firms, in which the social network appears to agree to add third-party apps to a "whitelist" of those given permission to access data about usersʼ friends.

This might be used, for example, to allow an appʼs users to continue seeing which of their Facebook friends were using the same service.

Image caption Netflix tapped into Facebook friends lists to let users see what titles their contacts had watched and rated highly

They include:
\* the dating service Badoo, its spin-off Hot or Not, and Bumble - another dating app that it had invested in 
 \* the car pick-up service Lyft 
 \* the video-streaming service Netflix 
 \* the home rental service Airbnb

However, others including the ticket sales service Ticketmaster, Twitterʼs short-video platform Vine and the connected-cars specialist Airbiquity seem to have been denied the privilege.

Among the emails that have been published are the following extracts:

Blocking Vine

The following concerns a decision to prevent Twitterʼs short-form video service having access to usersʼ friends lists. It is dated 24 January 2012.

Justin Osofsky (Facebook vice president):

"Twitter launched Vine today which lets you shoot multiple short video segments to make one single, 6-second video... Unless anyone raises objections, we will shut down their friends API access today. Weʼve prepared reactive PR, and I will let Jana know our decision."

Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook chief executive):

"Yup, go for it."

Android update

The following is part of a discussion about giving Facebookʼs Android app permission to read usersʼ call logs. It is dated 4 February 2015.

Michael LeBeau (Facebook product manager):

"As you know all the growth team is planning on shipping a permissions update on Android at the end of this month. They are going to include the ʼread call logʼ permission... This is a pretty high-risk thing to do from a PR perspective but it appears that the growth team will charge ahead and do it...[The danger is] screenshot of the scary Android permissions screen becomes a meme (as it has in the past), propagates around the web, it gets press attention, and enterprising journalists dig into what exactly the new update is requesting, then write stories about "Facebook uses new Android update to pry into your private life in ever more terrifying ways".

Data leaks

The following is from a discussion in which Mark Zuckerberg mulled the idea of selling developers access to usersʼ friendsʼ data. It is dated October 2012, pre-dating the quiz involved in the Cambridge Analytica scandal. It was sent to Sam Mullin, who was vice president of product management.

Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook chief executive):

"Itʼs not at all clear to me here that we have a model that will actually make us the revenue we want at scale. Iʼm getting more on board with locking down some parts of platform, including friendsʼ data and potentially email addresses for mobile apps. Iʼm generally sceptical that there is as much data leak strategic risk as you think... I think we leak info to developers but I just canʼt think of any instances where that data has leaked from developer to developer and caused a real issue for us."

Membership fees

The following is from an email sent by Mark Zuckerberg to several of his executives in which he explains why he does not think making users pay for Facebook would be a good idea. It is dated 19 November 2012.

Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook chief executive):

"The question is whether we could charge and still achieve ubiquity. Theoretically, if we could do that, it would be better to get ubiquity and get paid. My sense is there may be some price we could charge that wouldnʼt interfere with ubiquity, but this price wouldnʼt be enough to make us real money. Conversely, we could probably make real money of we were willing to sacrifice ubiquity, but that doesnʼt seem like the right trade here."


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These emails reveal that in the formative years of Facebook’s growth, the company’s executives were ruthless and unsparing in their ambition to collect more data from users, extract concessions from developers and stamp out possible competitors. #ComputersandtheInternet #Facebook #SocialMedia #DataMining;BigData #Privacy


Facebook removed post by ex-manager who said site 'failed' black people

In interview, Mark S Luckie describes irony of letter’s removal for violating ‘community standards’ before it was reinstated
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Facebook removed a post from a former employee who [1]accused the company of “failing its black employees and its black users”, saying the memo about racial discrimination violated its “community standards”.

Mark S Luckie, who recently stepped down as strategic partner manager, published the [2]piece on Facebook last week detailing his experiences as a black employee at a tech [3]corporation that [4]largely excludes [5]African Americans, saying the company has also unfairly censored black people on the platform.

[6]Facebook appeared to prove Luckie’s point this week by removing the letter before eventually reinstating it.

“My first reaction was shock that it happened,” Luckie told the Guardian after he saw that Facebook had [7]flagged his post, saying it “goes against” the site’s standards. “Then I kind of wanted to laugh. I’ve been on so many phone calls and email threads with people having this issue … In an ironic twist, I am dealing with this.”

In an interview on Tuesday, Luckie reflected on the intense debate his memo had sparked and the “disappointing” silence from Facebook, which he said was doing little to respond to concerns or address prejudice and exclusion at the company.

“It feels like Facebook can tackle a lot of issues … but when you talk about black people, all of a sudden there is silence,” he said by phone from Atlanta, where he moved after quitting Facebook last month. “There are a lot of black employees who express that they feel the same way. To put out a three-line response that doesn’t have any heft to it, it feels dismissive of an engaged community on Facebook. It’s just sad.”

In his original post, Luckie wrote about black employees being “accosted by campus security”, facing discriminatory comments from managers, reaching a “dead end” when they go to HR, and being “dissuaded” from participating in black employee groups. He said there were more Black Lives Matter posters than black employees in some buildings.

Facebook, which is [8]battling a range of [9]PR crises, responded with a generic statement last week about efforts to “increase the range of perspectives among those who build our products”. The company’s brief comment did not address Luckie’s specific concerns, including his arguments that the firm’s lack of diversity had contributed to failures on the platform, such as the frequent [10]mislabeling of posts by black users as “hate speech”.

Black employees make up 4% of the Facebook [11]workforce and only 1% of technical roles and 2% of leadership positions.

Luckie said he decided to go public with his letter after he circulated it internally and received no formal response from Facebook. “They work quickly to resolve issues when they are held publicly accountable for them,” he said.

But it was frustrating, he said, that Facebook responded internally and externally with statements by the few black employees in leadership roles: “The image Facebook is projecting is that it’s up to black people to fix the issues that black people didn’t create.”

He added: “The historic language to black employees has been ‘pull yourself up by your bootstraps’ and ‘be resilient’.”

Luckie, 35, said the response to his post had been overwhelming and largely positive, though some within Facebook have been critical of him for going public.

“I was disappointed in my colleagues who sort of dismissed that any of this was happening at Facebook, because it didn’t happen to them,” he said. “If you’re black at Facebook, you’ve had to deal with at least one of the issues that I’ve outlined.”

Luckie said he recognized that his post could cost him future jobs or lead to retaliation, but he added: “I’m willing to make the sacrifice.”

He said it was also validating to hear others share similar stories: “I don’t want to be alone out there in the world discussing this.”

After Facebook notified him that it deleted his post, hours later it said it “took another look” and “restored” it, adding: “We’re sorry for the trouble.”

He said it was yet another reminder of the harmful moderation systems at Facebook, which have repeatedly been exposed as [12]biased against a range of [13]marginalized groups.

“The process that Facebook has is stifling conversation, especially amongst under-represented communities,” Luckie said, adding of his post’s censorship: “It encapsulates all the things that are wrong with this process.”

A Facebook spokesperson, Anthony Harrison, said Luckie’s post did not violate standards, adding: “We are looking into what happened.”

For now, Luckie said he was happy to be removed from Silicon Valley and to relocate to Atlanta.

“My culture is here, my friends are here,” he said. “I’ve seen more black people in the airport that I’ve seen in a whole month at Facebook.”


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How Facebook Is Fueling the French Populist Rage

by Frederic Filloux
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by [2]Frederic Filloux

The “Gilets Jaunes” (Yellow Vests) unrest that has been spreading across France over the recent weeks is the perfect, grass-rooted, unstructured movement that demonstrates the efficiency of Facebook and the damages it can indirectly cause to Western democracies.

The Yellow Vests started with the controversial tax on gasoline and grew with a widespread discontent against the government. President Emmanuel Macron is viewed as the embodiment of the French elite, disconnected from the country, and willing to favor “The Rich”. Next was a series of blockades across the country, that turned increasingly violent.

On Saturday, 166,000 people carrying the iconic outfit— invented by some Scottish railway workers in the 1960’s and which is a mandatory equipment in French cars — were on deck. In Paris, the demonstration turned violent with scores of destructions. Firefighters responded to 249 arsons of cars and stores.

I spent my entire afternoon there. Nearly all the people I talked to admitted to relying on Facebook to get informed in real-time on the unfolding events. In France, 63 percent of internet users are on Facebook.

The country is served by a remarkable cellular infrastructure that is relatively inexpensive and reliable (laws have been passed to force carriers to progressively cover 100 percent of the territory). The result is countless selfies, videos, and live blogging, which fueled anger and fantasy. Above all, Facebook provided an incredibly efficient logistical support for hundreds of demonstrations large and small across the country.

Facebook was able to build on two specific elements.

The spontaneous nature of the movement, which is both local and decentralized. Two weeks ago, more than 1,500 Yellow Vests-related Facebook events were organized locally, sometimes garnering a quarter of a city’s population. Self-appointed thinkers became national figures, thanks to popular pages and a flurry of Facebook Lives. One of them, Maxime Nicolle (107,000 followers), organizes frequent impromptu “lives”, immediately followed by thousands of people. His gospel is a hodgepodge of incoherent demands but he has become a national voice. Nicolle’s Facebook account, featuring a guillotine, symbol of the French Revolution and the device for death penalty until 1981, was briefly suspended before being reinstated after he put up a more acceptable image. Despite surreals, but always copious lists of claims, these people appear on popular TV shows. Right now in France, traditional TV is trailing a social sphere seen as uncorrupted by the elites, unfiltered, and more authentic.

Facebook substitutes the traditional media. In several cities, journalists have been attacked and have become the focus of a widespread public hatred. For demonstrators, ranging from moderate to the more radical, Facebook is the expression of the people, therefore it can’t lie. Sometimes, the social network carries obvious fake news, such as images of bleeding protesters taken two years ago in Spain or spreads the rumors of tanks ready to move against the Yellow Vests (15,000 interactions). The quick debunking by mainstream media is always lost in the ambient noise.

Vincent Glad, a journalist from Libération quite knowledgeable to the social beat in France wrote last Friday:
“While Yellow Vests no longer believe what traditional media say, these Facebook Lives and more broadly videos that circulate on social networks appear as the only reliable media.”

On Friday, a tentative negotiation involving French officials and some improvised delegation of protesters was quickly canceled when the government refused the meeting to be broadcast on Facebook Live. As Vincent Glad wrote in “Libé”:
“Contrary to a popular belief among the Yellow Vests who are convinced that Macron is censoring them with the help of Facebook, their best ally is Mark Zuckerberg. Without any doubts, the movement benefits from Facebook’s new algorithm that favors groups contents over those posted by media. Once you made a few likes on a group, you are overwhelmed by the group’s content. The new algorithm has funneled the Yellow Vests in a filter bubble largely filled with yellow content…”

The collusion between the State and big corporation sometimes leads to a long-lasting Gallic fantasy. Here is an example (abbreviated translation below):

Facebook sentenced to pay €1000 to every citizen.
This is a civic duty. We all witness the dictatorial censorship initiated by Facebook and the Government.
Facebook’s attitude is a clear violation of the French citizen’s rights.
The French people poses an ultimatum to put an end to its censorship by Friday, November 22.
Once the “Gilets Jaunes” prevail, a government-supported lawsuit will be filed against Facebook to claim a damage of €1000 per person (67 billion euros) for violating free speech — they can afford it.” [etc.]

In a weird twist of event, Facebook is now the archenemy of both the quintessential and immensely rich US corporation, but it is also seen as the people’s bullhorn that must be defended against the State.

This would sound goofy if the heart of Paris didn’t wake up this Sunday morning looking like an urban war zone, with the acrid smell of 10,000 tear gas grenades used the day before, and with 133 people hospitalized.

As the absolute amplifier and radicalizer of the popular anger, Facebook has demonstrated its toxicity to the democratic process.

. . .
The day before the riots, we were discussing with SciencesPo students on how to contain Facebook’s’ ability to spread the dangerous cocktail of hatred, fake news, and logistical help tools that fuel the fire.

Facebook is the most threatening weapon to democracies ever invented. Over the last two years, the hijacking of the social network by populist groups or parties has tainted a dozen election processes across the world and brought to power a string of populists leaders that will have a profound effect on their countries.

It is now certain that Donald Trump in the United States, or Rodrigo Duterte in the Philippines, owe their election to Facebook. In Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro has built a strong electoral base largely thanks to a well-organized weaponization of WhatsApp (fully owned by Facebook Inc.) Some countries, like the Philippines, will see midterm elections next year that could bring constitutional modifications from which there might be no turning back. These shifts have been amplified by a fascinating mixture of recklessness and cynicism on behalf of Facebook which provided consultants to these campaigns.

Should Facebook be banned altogether? Evidently not. Among anything else, there are free speech issues. The network also carries some benefits to society. But above all, as nature abhors vacuum and habits have settled, the disappearance of Facebook or WhatsApp would open the floodgates to services completely beyond the control of the Western government. Apps such as Telegram, or worse, ad hoc version of Chinese ultra-popular WeChat or Toutiao, would fill the void in a more potent way: while a single Facebook group can’t go beyond 256 people (a simple hack can grow communities up to 10,000 members), the Russian app Telegram can create groups with 75,000 members at once. Toutiato, the widespread Chinese news app, captures 74 minutes of its user attention each day, versus 53 minutes for Facebook.

Despite their incredible negligence, Facebook’s management is safe. Zuckerberg controls its board and his number two, Sheryl Sandberg, can’t decently be fired, protected by the “Lean In” flak vest. But Facebook needs more than ever to be regulated one way or another. A reasonable way would be to split Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram, all currently deeply interconnected.

It might take a while. Expect further damages in the meantime.

— [3]


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Facebook a accordé un traitement de faveur à certaines entreprises, dont la Banque Royale du Canada, en leur donnant un plus grand accès aux données de ses utilisateurs, révèlent des documents internes publiés mercredi par le Parlement britannique.

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Datenskandal: Facebook wollte Anruflisten und SMS ohne Einwilligung #Facebook #Android #App #Cookies #Datenschutz #E-Commerce #GooglePlay #Privatsphäre #Software #SozialesNetz

Daten-Striptease bei #Facebook 🤑

Ab 10 Cent pro Nutzer und Jahr dürfen Unternehmen Nutzerdaten einsehen!

FB-Daten im Abo à la Netflix /Spotify.

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Na ja, Nutzer machen Unternehmen erst groß. Sie können sie aber auch abstrafen.
Die Frage ist aber auch, warum Medien, öffentlich Rechtliche und Journalisten weiterhin kostenlose Werbung für diese Unternehmen machen, in dem Sie darauf verweisen und einladen darüber zu kommunizieren.
Verantwortung fängt vor der eigenen Haustür an. #facebook #datenhandel


Internal Tensions at Facebook Are Boiling Over

“It’s the bunker mentality. These people have been under siege for 600 days now. They’re getting tired, getting cranky — the only survival strategy is to quit or fully buy in.”
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In a year teeming with scandals and missteps, [1]Facebook’s [2]latest [3]fiasco has inspired a clutter of leaks, finger pointing, and internal conversations about the future of the company and its leadership. And after more than a year of bad press, internal tensions are reaching a boiling point and are now spilling out into public view.

The tumult is surprising given Facebook’s history as a tight-lipped organization where employees had little incentive to leak information or voice dissent outside the company’s walls. Throughout the crises, Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who maintains majority shareholder control, has proven remarkably immune to outside pressure and criticism — from politicians, investors, and the press — leaving his employees as perhaps his most important stakeholders. Now, as its stock price declines and the company’s mission of connecting the world is challenged, the voices inside are growing louder and public comments, as well as private conversations shared with BuzzFeed News, suggest newfound uncertainty about Facebook’s future direction.

Internally, the conflict seems to have divided Facebook into three camps: those loyal to Zuckerberg and chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg; those who see the current scandals as proof of a larger corporate meltdown; and a group who see the entire narrative — including the portrayal of the company’s [4]hiring of communications consulting firm Definers Public Affairs — as examples of biased media attacks.

“It’s otherwise rational, sane people who’re in Mark’s orbit spouting full-blown anti-media rhetoric, saying that the press is ganging up on Facebook,” a former senior employee told BuzzFeed News. “It’s the bunker mentality. These people have been under siege for 600 days now. They’re getting tired, getting cranky — the only survival strategy is to quit or fully buy in.”

In a statement to BuzzFeed News, a Facebook spokesperson called this “a challenging time.”

“We are more determined than ever to continue making progress on the issues we’ve faced,” they said. “People at Facebook are focused on building products that help people connect and have a positive impact in the world.”

Two former employees said the spate of negative reports has cast a shadow over the company in recent weeks. Current and former employees describe a tense and, at times, hostile atmosphere inside the company, one in which both senior employees and even staunch loyalists are contemplating their futures.

People are “hoping for a Sundar or Dara moment,” one former senior Facebook employee told BuzzFeed News, referring to past leadership changes at Google and Uber in which founding employees stepped aside from top jobs. A second senior employee echoed the view, suggesting that some inside the ranks are looking for a shakeup to come from the outside. The chatter has made its way outside of the company’s Menlo Park headquarters. “Senior people there know the only way out of this is by hiring a Dara,” a senior executive at a rival company told BuzzFeed News referring to Dara Khosrowshahi, the Uber CEO brought in to replace cofounder Travis Kalanick last year.

Another former senior employee noted a growing sense of paranoia among current employees. “Now, people now have burner phones to talk shit about the company — not even to reporters, just to other employees,” they told BuzzFeed News.

Some former workers have been empowered to bypass the press altogether and speak openly about their situations. Last month, Mark S. Luckie, a strategic partner manager for global influencers who quit in November, posted a 2,500-word memo that he had previously sent internally at the company to his personal Facebook to highlight what he saw as the company’s [5]“black people problem.”

“In some buildings, there are more ‘Black Lives Matter’ posters than there are actual black people,” Luckie wrote, adding that “Black employees are commonly told ‘I didn’t know black people worked at Facebook.’” That post later mysteriously disappeared from Facebook after being flagged for violating the social network’s “community standards” before it was later restored.

These public protestations may be just the beginning for Facebook. Three former employees who spoke anonymously with BuzzFeed News for fear of retribution said that they did not sign paperwork that included language around nondisparagement, and in some cases forfeited their severance pay, upon departing the company.

Some employees at Facebook are required to sign nondisclosure agreements, preventing them from sharing trade secrets, when they first join and are encouraged to sign nondisparagement agreements upon their departure. By not signing that paperwork on the way out, those employees reserved the right to speak openly about their experiences at the company.

“That’s the Sheryl I know”

While chairman and CEO Zuckerberg maintains complete control over Facebook, it’s Sandberg who’s taken the brunt of the blame for the company’s recent scandals. As the person who oversees business operations and Facebook’s policy and communications efforts, the COO came under heavy fire for revelations surrounding her role in the disclosure of Russian disinformation efforts during the 2016 US presidential election, and for her subordinates’ hiring of a public relations consultancy that performed opposition research on billionaire investor George Soros.

Sandberg has denied knowledge of the company’s hiring of the public relations firm, Definers Public Affairs, or its political work, but [6]recently admitted that she sent an email asking for research on Soros after he made public comments about Facebook at the World Economic Forum in January. Facebook maintained that request was independent of what Definers ended up working on regarding Soros later that spring.

The external pressure on Sandberg has divided employees across the company. In some [7]recent stories, Facebook’s second-in-command has been portrayed as preoccupied with her own legacy, and as an executive who surrounded herself with loyalists and sometimes prioritized her own brand above the company’s interests.

But some Facebook employees have taken issue with that narrative. Shortly after the publication of a November [8]New York Times story about Facebook in crisis, many employees posted to the company’s internal communications groups, including one called “Women @ Facebook,” voicing their support for Facebook’s COO and sharing personal experiences of working with or for Sandberg, according to two people who had seen the comments.

Some Facebook employees have also shared their views publicly. Matt Jacobson, Facebook’s head of market development and one of its longest-serving employees, called the “roughest of news cycles” a “ very personal attack on Sheryl Sandberg as a leader and a human being” [9]in an internal note he later published to his personal Facebook.

“Schadenfreude runs deep, especially when it comes to someone who has succeeded and brought so many along with her,” he wrote last month.

That echoed [10]a Facebook post by Adam Grant, the co-author of Sandberg’s second book, Option B, and a board member at her foundation Lean In. The post, which objected to the so-called vilification of Sandberg’s character, found sympathetic ears among many Facebook employees, including Justin Osofsky, vice president of global operations and corporate development, and vice president of global marketing solutions Carolyn Everson, who thanked Grant for “sharing the real Sheryl Sandberg with the world.”

“Sherylʼs investment in so many others and particularly in causes for women is something I’m witness to daily,” Janelle Gale, Facebook’s vice president of human resources, commented on the post. “That’s the Sheryl I know too.”

“An intense culture of conformity”

On Blind, a semi-public app that allows current and former employees with a company email to post anonymously, Facebook employees on Facebook-related message boards are openly speculating about and arguing over Sandberg’s fate.

“The board is being questioned for not taking action, but Zuck will side with her like he is spellbound,” one user wrote, asking if the company could find a solution to its leadership struggles. “Shall we have a walkout to let her go like what Google employees did?” another countered, referencing the worker action taken at the search giant in which [11]thousands of employees marched to protest the company’s policies around sexual harassment.

Others argued that bad optics would prevent the company from removing Sandberg, a noted feminist author. “One does not simply fire the author of ‘Lean In’ and pretty much the sole female executive in top leadership,” one Blind user wrote. Another remarked that Sandberg’s personal image was politically polarizing. “Her left-leaning brand has hurt us considerably, we need to mend fences and be seen to be a platform for the left and the right going forward.”

Discussions across Facebook’s Blind page quickly turn tense at the mention of Sandberg. A user with the username “SherylS” expressed frustration at those in the company revering Sandberg as a women’s icon and leader. “It’s time to stand up to these fake opportunist feminist champions though,” they wrote. “‘Give me opportunities to succeed!! I’m a victim!! Lean in!!” the post read.

Some of the disagreement centers on social justice–minded individuals inside the company, pointing to an internal Facebook Workplace group called “Let’s Fix Facebook”: “Just go read ‘let’s fix Facebook’ for a bit and see all the sjw complainers.” Indeed, some inside Blind’s current and former Facebook employee group debated whether Sandberg was insulated from legitimate criticism due to her defenders “playing the woman card.”

“Again [itʼs] the female card that has caused so much damage in such a short time, not just at Facebook,” another poster wrote.

Some called Sandberg “a shrewd businesswoman” who would not be intimidated into leaving, while others suggested that Sandberg is bearing the brunt of the criticism that should be directed toward Zuckerberg. “Can’t get anything to stick on Mark? Call the lady COO incompetent,” another user wrote.

But in Blind posts viewed by BuzzFeed News concerning Facebook’s leadership, Zuckerberg is infrequently mentioned and often only brought up in reference to Sandberg’s future. “Zuck is too sentimental towards her and it’s hurt his judgement of the situation,” one post read.

A common narrative across Blind and shared by some current and former senior employee is the notion that Facebook’s troubles have been exaggerated and perpetuated by unjust media coverage. They see the blame cast on the company by the public and the press as reactionary and, in the case of a recent bombshell report by the New York Times, even inaccurate.

“The media will keep attacking and exposing us with more leaks from the inside...this will all go on until she is gone and there is a shakeup,” one person posted.

“I still don’t know what has Sheryl done to deserve being fired? The last I checked most allegations seemed like baseless media propaganda. What am I missing?” one wrote, while another suggested that the “media keeps talking about anti semitic conspiracy theories but the articles lack any clear explanation.”

While only one window into the views of current and former employees, the Blind threads viewed by BuzzFeed News depict a company currently grappling with its culture and issues of loyalty, particularly surrounding Sandberg. Some posts appear even to encourage unwavering, resolute support for leadership during the crisis.

“I love Sheryl. Because Mark loves Sheryl. This is Mark’s company, not yours. He knows Sheryl better than you do and knows what this company needs better than you do. He gives you so much you get confused in your entitled ass that this is your company,” one user wrote. “I trust Mark. And if Mark drives the company into the ground it’s his company to drive into the ground. Go work somewhere else or go start your own company if you know so much better than him.”

Not all agree. “Funny, Hitler’s followers said something similar. We all know how that went,” one user replied.

Broadly, others seem to be questioning the “sycophantic” nature of the conversations across Facebook’s internal Workplace system.

“We have an intense culture of conformity,” one user said. “It could be that this pressure to drink the Kool-Aid and to only talk about positive things is a reason behind the large number of leaks we suffer.”

“It’s really seeped in the last few years,” another added. “Election season is always the worst too, 2020 will be another shit show.” A third user added, “In this company, if you tell the truth, you are dead.”

For now, as Facebookʼs employees debate her future publicly and privately, Sandberg has set her sights on damage control. Still reeling from the revelation that Facebook’s communications and policy team hired a public affairs team to investigate George Soros, Sandberg has been trying to make amends.

According to two sources, she attempted to call Soros last month, within days of the reports about Definers, and left a message after he didn’t pick up. Soros has yet to call her back because he’s been traveling, a source told BuzzFeed News.

“It appears he’ll be traveling for a while,” the source said. ●

With reporting from Caroline O’Donovan.


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