Facebook fired 52 employees for spying on users, mostly women

In 2014 and 2015, Facebook fired 52 employees for abusing access to data from social network users. Among those fired for spying on users were men who abused their access to information about the women they were attracted to.

Using their access to user data in Facebook’s internal systems, engineers were able to see women’s locations, private messages, deleted photos and more, the Telegraph reported.

In one described case, a Facebook engineer was on vacation with a woman in Europe when the two of them quarreled and got into a fight after which she decided to spend the rest of the vacation alone. Using the ability to access data from Facebook, he allegedly tracked her down and found her in the hotel where she was staying and clashed with her again.

In another case, a Facebook engineer allegedly abusing access to data on Facebook learned that the woman he was in love with regularly visited Dolores Park in San Francisco, and used this information to go there and find her.

Most of the engineers who misused private data were men who were looking for women who attracted them, but did not meet them in person, the report states, which is an excerpt from a book yet to be published and signed by two New York Times journalists.

While 52 workers were fired for such offenses in 2014 and 2015, then-Facebook security director Alex Stamos reportedly warned that hundreds of other similar offenses could go unnoticed.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was reportedly upset when he learned of the widespread misuse of user data and asked why someone at the company didn’t think to tighten the rules for accessing such data.

But Zuckerberg himself designed the company’s data access system and refused to change it as the company grew, the report said.

“We have always had zero tolerance for abuse and we fired every employee who was found to have improperly accessed the data,” a Facebook spokesman said. “Since 2015, we have been strengthening protocols for employee training, abuse detection and prevention. We also continue to reduce the need for engineers to access certain types of data as they work to develop and support our services. ”

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