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Delay, Deny and Deflect: How Facebook's Leaders Fought Through Crisis
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=49549"><span class="small">Sheera Frenkel, Nicholas Confessore, Cecilia Kang, Matthew Rosenberg and Jack Nicas, The New York Times</span></a>   
Friday, 16 November 2018 09:21

Excerpt: "When Facebook users learned last spring that the company had compromised their privacy in its rush to expand, allowing access to the personal information of tens of millions of people to a political data firm linked to President Trump, Facebook sought to deflect blame and mask the extent of the problem."

Facebook user. (photo: iStock)
Facebook user. (photo: iStock)


Delay, Deny and Deflect: How Facebook's Leaders Fought Through Crisis

By Sheera Frenkel, Nicholas Confessore, Cecilia Kang, Matthew Rosenberg and Jack Nicas, The New York Times

16 November 18

 

heryl Sandberg was seething.

Inside Facebook’s Menlo Park, Calif., headquarters, top executives gathered in the glass-walled conference room of its founder, Mark Zuckerberg. It was September 2017, more than a year after Facebook engineers discovered suspicious Russia-linked activity on its site, an early warning of the Kremlin campaign to disrupt the 2016 American election. Congressional and federal investigators were closing in on evidence that would implicate the company.

But it wasn’t the looming disaster at Facebook that angered Ms. Sandberg. It was the social network’s security chief, Alex Stamos, who had informed company board members the day before that Facebook had yet to contain the Russian infestation. Mr. Stamos’s briefing had prompted a humiliating boardroom interrogation of Ms. Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer, and her billionaire boss. She appeared to regard the admission as a betrayal.

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+1 # elizabethblock 2018-11-16 13:18
Well, well, well. Won't vote for Chuck Schumer again. And won't put any personal data on Facebook.
 
 
0 # chapdrum 2018-11-16 13:45
Yet ANOTHER too-big-to-fail corporation. No regulation, so it does whatever it wishes...and thus are we rendered helpless...befo re ANOTHER artificial entity (the corporation).