New Report Says Facebook fired 52 employees caught spying on users’ inboxes

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  • A new report in The Telegraph revealed Facebook fired 52 employees who abused their online access to spy on users between 2014 and 2015.
  • The report is based on an excerpt from a newly released book by New York Times reporters Sheera Frenkel and Cecilia Kang titled, “An Ugly Truth: Inside Facebook’s Battle for Domination.”
  • The report alleges that in some instances male Facebook engineers were able to utilize their access to user data to view the private messages, locations and deleted photos of women they were interested in.

Facebook fired 52 employees who abused their online access to spy on users between 2014 and 2015, according to a new report by The Telegraph.

The report, based on an excerpt from a newly released book by New York Times reporters Sheera Frenkel and Cecilia Kang, alleges that in some instances male Facebook engineers were able to utilize their access to user data to view the private messages, locations and even deleted photos of women they were interested in.

In one case mentioned, The Telegraph reported that one of Facebook’s engineers accessed the location data of a woman he was attracted to and found out she frequented Dolores Park in San Francisco, where he began going in hopes of running into her.



“We’ve always had zero tolerance for abuse and have fired every single employee ever found to be improperly accessing data,” a spokesperson for Facebook told Insider. “Since 2015, we’ve continued to strengthen our employee training, abuse detection, and prevention protocols. We’re also continuing to reduce the need for engineers to access some types of data as they work to build and support our services.”

The book, “An Ugly Truth: Inside Facebook’s Battle for Domination,” is available now.

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