Facebook apparently cannot catch a break as the social media company’s decision are coming back to haunt them.
After people started to think about other things than Cambridge Analytica scandal and the fact the Facebook has been recording the user’s text and call data for many many years, an internal memo has been leaked which justifies growth by any means necessary.
An internal Facebook memo titled “The Ugly” from 2016 was published yesterday by BuzzFeed. The memo was written by Facebook VP Andrew “Boz” Bosworth as read:
We connect people. Period. That’s why all the work we do in growth is justified. All the questionable contact importing practices. All the subtle language that helps people stay searchable by friends. All of the work we do to bring more communication in. The work we will likely have to do in China someday. All of it.”
The above words clearly show “to hell with the consequences” approach of the company and an ideal of “ends justify the means” which is super scary. The memo also urged the employees to not let the potential negatives effects of connecting people slow them down from growth. It read:
“Maybe it costs a life by exposing someone to bullies. Maybe someone dies in a terrorist attack coordinated on our tools.”
Boz while trying to distance himself from the memo, confirmed the authenticity of the document. To justify his stance, he took to Twitter and said:
“I don’t agree with the post today and I didn’t agree with it even when I wrote it. The purpose of this post, like many others I have written internally, was to bring to the surface issues I felt deserved more discussion with the broader company.”
My statement on the recent Buzzfeed story containing a post I wrote in 2016 pic.twitter.com/lmzDMcrjv5
— Boz (@boztank) March 29, 2018
Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook has disavowed the memo and in his statement said, “Boz is a talented leader who says many provocative things. This was one that most people at Facebook including myself disagreed with strongly. We’ve never believed the ends justify the means.”
The social media giant is facing inquiries over how the company handles personal information of its users and what kind of tactics did it use to grow to 2.1 billion users.