Facebook executive Andrew Bosworth says he disagrees with a provocative Buzzfeed memo leak in which he describes the company's mentality to grow and connect people at any cost.
Bosworth, who goes from "Boz," further said Twitter Thursday that he disapproved of the post, even as he wrote it. In the 2016 internal memorandum titled "The Ugly," he writes that "all the work we're making is justified," even if it costs someone's life because they're bullying or dying in a terrorist attack , Bosworth has been on Facebook since 2006 and serves as vice president of the company's virtual reality and augmented reality activities. He was previously VP of Ads and helped develop Facebook features such as Messenger, Newsfeed, and Groups.
Bosworth tweeted on Thursday that he would call the memo provocative and that it was one of the most unpopular things he wrote
In a statement to Buzzfeed that confirmed Facebook, CEO Mark Zuckerberg called Bosworth a "talented Leader who says many provocative things, "but added that the memo was something that" most people on Facebook strongly disagreed with me. " 1
Facebook is struggling with an unprecedented crisis It continues to grapple with the elections in Russia – through its platform and privacy scandals. The company's privacy practices have come under fire after Cambridge Analytica, a Trump-affiliated policy consultancy, received inappropriate data.
Days after these revelations, Facebook asked new questions about collecting call logs and text messaging information from Android devices. The company still has not explained exactly why it needed this data and what it did with it, just said that it was used to improve people's experience on Facebook. It is unclear how data collection has made Facebook users on Android devices better if Facebook could not retrieve the same data from iPhones.
The Ars Technica website reported that users who reviewed data collected by Facebook have found years of contact names, phone numbers, call lengths and text messages.