Zuckerberg’s employees allegedly abused their access to the social network’s user data between 2014 and 2015, including male associates apparently obtaining location information on women for their own personal gains.
Facebook engineers were also caught reportedly accessing private messages from accounts and viewing deleted photographs, according to a book titled: “An Ugly Truth: Inside Facebook’s Battle for Domination” by journalists Sheera Frenkel and Cecilia Kang.
According to one shocking excerpt in the Daily Telegraph, a male employee accessed the location data of a woman he had gone on holiday with after she left him following a fight – tracking her down to her new hotel and confronting her.
At the time, over 16,000 employees had access to private user data – the authors posing the question of how much other staff could have abused their privilege but were never caught?
While 52 employees were fired for such transgressions in 2014 and 2015, Facebook’s then-chief security officer Alex Stamos reportedly warned that hundreds of others may have slipped by unnoticed.