A recently fired Facebook data scientist wrote a lengthy memo detailing the tech giant's failures to stop election interference in countries around the world, per a Buzzfeed report.
Instead, Sophie Zhang wrote Facebook prioritized its public image in choosing which fake networks to investigate, even if the "disproportionate impact" of real-world problems would go ignored.
The report is the latest example of Facebook's long-standing struggle to stop the spread of misinformation and election interference and to prioritize content moderation on its platform.
A recently fired Facebook employee wrote a memo on her last day at the company detailing how the tech giant routinely ignored or did not prioritize fake accounts' efforts to manipulate elections and political climates around the world, according to a Monday Buzzfeed report.
The 6,600-word memo was written by Sophie Zhang, a data scientist whose job while at the company was to identify fake accounts used to manipulate political outcomes.
Zhang wrote in her memo that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg prioritized networks concerning the US and Western Europe, but other nations took a back seat on the company's radar.
Zhang wrote that Facebook's indifference was due to "slapdash and haphazard accidents" instead of malicious intent, per the report. »