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facebook: An employee says Facebook is ‘profiting’ off hate in his resignation letter

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Facebook is huge. Be it in terms of users, the amount of money it generates or the massive reach it has, the Mark Zuckerberg-led social network is big. Facebook’s critics have suggested in the past that the social network doesn’t do enough to fight certain issues across the world. An employee Ashok Chandwaney who worked as a software engineer resigned from the company and said that one of the reasons he quit was that Facebook was “profiting off hate”. The letter has been published in entirety by The Washington Post.
Chandwaney wrote in his letter, “I’m quitting because I can no longer stomach contributing to an organization that is profiting off hate in the US and globally.” He said that how Facebook has these five core values “and how the absence of them in the company’s approach to hate has eroded my faith in this company’s will to remove it from the platform.”
The software engineer was clearly unhappy about how Facebook didn’t do much to ‘remove’ hate from its platform. “It seems that Facebook hasn’t found the business value to be had in aggressively pursuing the existing credible strategies to remove hate from the platform —despite pressure from civil society, our own employees, our own consultants, and our own customers via the boycott.”
He also urged other Facebook employees to get in touch with him if they felt like he did about the company. “I know I’m not alone in being upset about Facebook’s willingness to profit off of hate. If you feel alone in that, and want someone to chat (about non-confidential things!) with, hit me up on LinkedIn and we can get on the phone. I’m gonna have a lot of free time on my hands for now.”
A Facebook spokesperson told The Washington Post, “We don’t benefit from hate. We invest billions of dollars each year to keep our community safe and are in deep partnership with outside experts to review and update our policies.”

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