FB boss Zucker­berg faces huge flak from his own em­ploy­ees

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FACE­BOOK em­ploy­ees are turn­ing on boss Mark Zucker­berg, it was re­ported last night, as Bri­tish MPs leaked a trove of doc­u­ments that ac­cused the com­pany of spy­ing on users’ calls and texts and sign­ing se­cret deals to give ac­cess to their data.

For­mer work­ers de­scribed a ‘toxic and hos­tile’ at­mos­phere at the so­cial me­dia gi­ant which has suf­fered a tor­rid few years bat­tling data scan­dals and fake news.

Amid the anger, Zucker­berg was forced to de­fend him­self on Wed­nes­day night, say­ing in a lengthy Face­book post that the com­pany ‘never sold any­one’s data’.

He also de­nied al­le­ga­tions by Damian Collins, the Bri­tish MP who leaked the doc­u­ments, that changes Face­book made to its plat­form in 2015 were de­signed to ex­tract money from de­vel­op­ers in re­turn for ac­cess to data.

He wrote: “We’ve fo­cused on pre­vent­ing abu­sive apps for years, and that was the main pur­pose of this ma­jor plat­form change start­ing in 2014.

“In fact, this was the change re­quired to pre­vent the sit­u­a­tion with Cam­bridge An­a­lyt­ica. While we made this change sev­eral years ago, if we had only done it a year sooner we could have pre­vented that sit­u­a­tion com­pletely”.

De­spite his com­ments, one for­mer se­nior em­ployee told Buz­zfeed News that work­ers are des­per­ate for a change of lead­er­ship. Peo­ple are hop­ing for a Sun­dar or Dara mo­ment,” the worker said re­fer­ring to Uber’s new boss Dara Khos­row­shahi and Google’s chief Sun­dar Pichai.

The source re­vealed: “Peo­ple now have burner phones to talk shit about the com­pany - not even to re­porters, just to other em­ploy­ees”.

They said staff are at rock bot­tom, adding: “It’s the bunker men­tal­ity. These peo­ple have been un­der siege for 600 days now. They’re get­ting tired, get­ting cranky - the only sur­vival strat­egy is to quit or fully buy in”.

The re­ports pile even more pres­sure on Zucker­berg as MP Damian Collins, who is lead­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into fake news, pub­lished a 250page doc­u­ment con­tain­ing se­cret emails and pri­vate mes­sages be­tween Face­book staff on Wed­nes­day.

It re­vealed Face­book signed deals to give com­pa­nies such as Net­flix and AirBnB spe­cial ac­cess to user dater and spied on An­droid users calls and texts. Collins used par­lia­men­tary priv­i­lege to seize the doc­u­ments which had been made se­cret by a US judge.

Bri­tish MPs on Wed pub­lished FB doc­u­ments that had been kept a se­cret

Zucker­berg was forced to de­fend him­self on Wed­nes­day night, say­ing in a lengthy Face­book post that the com­pany ‘never sold any­one’s data’.

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