Tag: Whistle-Blowers

Ifeoma Ozoma Blew the Whistle on Pinterest. Now She Protects Whistle-Blowers.

Last month, Gov. Gavin Newsom of California signed a bill to expand protections for people who speak up about discrimination in the workplace. A new website arrived to offer tech workers advice on how to come forward about mistreatment by their employers. And Apple responded to a shareholder proposal that asked it to assess how […]

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U.S. Rests Its Case in the Elizabeth Holmes Trial

SAN JOSE, Calif. — For the past 11 weeks, prosecutors revealed emails from desperate investors. They held up falsified documents side-by-side with the originals. They called dozens of witnesses who lobbed accusations of deceit and evasiveness. And on Friday, after questioning their 29th witness, prosecutors concluded their arguments against Elizabeth Holmes, the founder of the […]

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Is the Problem Facebook? Or the Internet?

Produced by ‘Sway’ The Facebook Papers and whistle-blower testimony have given us yet more insight into the company’s impact on polarization and mental health, but if you could wave a magic wand and “pull the plug on Facebook,” would these problems go away? Casey Newton, the journalist behind the newsletter Platformer, says no. Imagining a […]

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Meta Makes Changes to Marketing Strategy Amid Scandals

Since the spring, the social media company formerly known as Facebook has been evaluating where it advertises and how much it spends doing so, taking pitches from agencies that want to help manage its enormous marketing budget. The so-called media review — the first for Meta, the new parent company name for Facebook and its […]

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Facebook Changes Corporate Name to Meta

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook rose to prominence over the past two decades with some of the world’s most recognizable branding: A big blue letter F. No longer. On Thursday, the social networking giant took an unmistakable step toward an overhaul, de-emphasizing Facebook’s name and rebranding itself as Meta. The change comes with a new logo […]

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Face It, Facebook Won’t Change Unless Advertisers Demand It

Until advertisers start paring back their spending on Facebook, Congress, Ms. Haugen and the press are but bumps in the road. Why would Pfizer or Nike walk away? Facebook is where their buyers are, and it’s where Pfizer can ensure that drug marketing will be seen by 40-something rheumatoid arthritis sufferers. Reporting indicates that Facebook […]

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Will the SEC Add to Facebook’s Woes?

The internal studies that show Facebook has known about its harms to children, and its role in inciting violence and health misinformation, worry investors like Julie Goodridge, a portfolio manager for NorthStar Asset Management. She, along with the New York State Comptroller’s Office and other investment funds, filed a motion for the next shareholder meeting, […]

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Facebook Debates What to Do With Its Like and Share Buttons

SAN FRANCISCO — In 2019, Facebook researchers began a new study of one of the social network’s foundational features: the Like button. They examined what people would do if Facebook removed the distinct thumbs-up icon and other emoji reactions from posts on its photo-sharing app Instagram, according to company documents. The buttons had sometimes caused […]

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Frances Haugen, Facebook Whistle-Blower, to Testify in U.K.

British policymakers will hear testimony on Monday from the former Facebook manager who became a whistle-blower and has shared scores of internal documents with policymakers and journalists to help build a case for stiffer oversight of the social media giant. Frances Haugen, the former employee, is scheduled to testify before Parliament as part of her […]

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How Frances Haugen Became a Power Player in the Facebook Leaks

The Journal team left before the call was over. Since then, journalists at The Atlantic, The Associated Press, CNN, NBC News, Fox Business and other outlets including The New York Times have been poring over the first tranche of Ms. Haugen’s documents, along with a parallel group in Europe, with a plan to publish their […]

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In India, Facebook Struggles to Combat Misinformation and Hate Speech

On Feb. 4, 2019, a Facebook researcher created a new user account to see what it was like to experience the social media site as a person living in Kerala, India. For the next three weeks, the account operated by a simple rule: Follow all the recommendations generated by Facebook’s algorithms to join groups, watch […]

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What Jon Gruden’s Emails Tell Us About Cancel Culture

You can’t safely be a jerk at work anymore — not even in private. That’s what the National Football League head coach Jon Gruden learned the hard way, after years of his emails laced with racist, sexist and homophobic remarks made their way into news reports last week. Among other things, the coach, who is […]

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Adam Schiff on Facebook, Fox News and the Trump Cult

Produced by ‘Sway’ It’s been nine months since the Capitol attack, and we still don’t have true accountability. Representative Adam Schiff and the rest of the Jan. 6 House select committee are issuing subpoenas to key witnesses, including Steve Bannon, Dan Scavino and two “Stop the Steal” rally organizers. “No one is off the table,” […]

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Can Hollywood Adapt to Streaming?

When it comes to entertainment, viewers are increasingly using a range of digital tools, from mobile phones to large televisions with on-demand service, that don’t include movie theaters. My own teen sons leap from one device to the next effortlessly, but could not be coaxed into going to the theater last weekend, even though I […]

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Facebook Whistleblower Fallout Prompts a Push to Calm Employees

Executives also distributed a list of talking points, a copy of which was obtained by The Times, so workers knew what to say if friends and family asked them about “recent events.” That list included a denial that Facebook puts profit and growth above people’s safety and how the company has called for regulations from […]

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Trouble Comes for Big Tech

Could Jonathan Kanter have better timing? I hardly think so, given the lovefest on display this week at his Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. Nominated to lead the Justice Department’s antitrust division, the decidedly tough-on-tech Kanter spoke to lawmakers just as Facebook was getting a shellacking by the persuasive whistle-blower Frances Haugen. Meanwhile, the social media […]

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Lawmakers See Path to Rein in Tech, but It Isn’t Smooth

WASHINGTON — “Facebook and Big Tech are facing a Big Tobacco moment,” Senator Richard Blumenthal, Democrat of Connecticut, said this week when a whistle-blower testified about how the social media company’s products harmed teenagers. “I think that that’s an appropriate analogy,” Senator Cynthia Lummis, Republican of Wyoming, added later. The whistle-blower’s testimony, and the thousands […]

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What Is Facebook Worth to Us?

It is easy to forget how new Facebook is, but remember I do. The first time I logged in to the social networking site was around 2006. I was taking classes in an adult enrichment program at a small Catholic school in Charlotte, N.C. A young literature professor used Facebook to cultivate informal communication with […]

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The Pandora Papers and the Power of Shame

Yet we do see forms of accountability being imposed that are effective despite being outside the realm of the law. As my own and other recent research on high-net-worth individuals has shown, reputational costs weigh more heavily on them than the threat of fines or prosecution. The laws are no match for the legal armory […]

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The Facebook Whistle-Blower Testifies

Sheera Frenkel contributed reporting. The Daily is made by Lisa Tobin, Rachel Quester, Lynsea Garrison, Annie Brown, Clare Toeniskoetter, Paige Cowett, Michael Simon Johnson, Brad Fisher, Larissa Anderson, Wendy Dorr, Chris Wood, Jessica Cheung, Stella Tan, Alexandra Leigh Young, Lisa Chow, Eric Krupke, Marc Georges, Luke Vander Ploeg, M.J. Davis Lin, Austin Mitchell, Neena Pathak, […]

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Brazen Is the Order of the Day at Facebook

It is no surprise that Facebook shares declined with all this meshugas, but I doubt there will be any real impact on the company in the long run, given its huge market share and fast-growing ad business. Wall Street has never been one to throw in the towel if there is money to be made, […]

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Facebook Whistle-Blower Urges Lawmakers to Regulate the Company

WASHINGTON — A former Facebook product manager who turned into a whistle-blower gave lawmakers an unvarnished look into the inner workings of the world’s largest social network on Tuesday and detailed how the company was deliberate in its efforts to keep people — including children — hooked to its service. In more than three hours […]

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Just What Is Happening With Facebook?

To the Editor: Re “Facebook Apps Crash, Leaving Billions Cut Off” (front page, Oct. 5): Count me among those who didn’t notice much wrong on Monday. I do have a Facebook account, but the outage must have fallen during one of the 8,760 hours I do not spend on the platform every year (that is, […]

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Whistle-Blower to Accuse Facebook of Contributing to Jan. 6 Riot, Memo Says

“We will continue to face scrutiny — some of it fair and some of it unfair,” he said in the memo. “But we should also continue to hold our heads up high.” Here is Mr. Clegg’s memo in full: OUR POSITION ON POLARIZATION AND ELECTIONS You will have seen the series of articles about us […]

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Facebook Struggles to Quell Uproar Over Instagram’s Effect on Teens

But some of Facebook’s containment has at times backfired with its own workers. This week, the company downplayed the internal research that The Journal had partly based its articles on, suggesting that the findings were limited and imprecise. That angered some employees who had worked on the research, three people said. They have congregated on […]

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