Just hours after civil rights groups called on Facebook’s top executives to step down from the company’s board for allowing ‘viral propaganda’ and ‘bigoted campaigns’ to spread on the platform – demands for CEO Mark Zuckerberg to resign intensified after a bombshellNew York Timesreport late Tuesday detailed a ‘special arrangement’ the social media behemoth had with tech corporations that gave them access to users’ data and private messages without consent.
‘An incredibly damning indictment of Facebook – every single paragraph’ Trevor Timm – executive director of the Freedom of the Press Foundation wrote of the Times report – which is the latest in a long line of recent revelations about Facebook’s intrusive—and possibly illegal—data practices.
Citing hundreds of pages of internal company records and interviews with dozens of former employees the Times reported that ‘Facebook allowed Microsoft’s Bing search engine to see the names of virtually all Facebook users’ friends without consent’ and ‘gave Netflix and Spotify the ability to read Facebook users’ private messages’.
Additionally the Times found – Facebook ‘permitted Amazon to obtain users’ names and contact information through their friends and it let Yahoo view streams of friends’ posts as recently as this summer – despite public statements that it had stopped that type of sharing years earlier’.
‘Facebook is a public trust that has broken our trust’ wrote author and NBC political analyst Anand Giridharadas in response to the Times report.
‘Mark Zuckerberg must resign now’.