Carole Cadwalladr+ Your Authors @carolecadwalla Late adopter. Late giver-upper. Guardian & Observer writer. Sep. 14, 2020 1 min read + Your Authors

Yet another devastating story about Facebook. Huge kudos to Sophie Zhang, an employee who turned down $64k severance to tell the truth.

The speed & scale of the damage Facebook is doing to democracies around the world is truly terrifying 

So many extraordinary details:

‘I have personally made decisions that affected national presidents without oversight & taken action to enforce against so many prominent politicians globally that I’ve lost count’

What’s so damning is how few resources Facebook devotes to the problem. And in the case of ‘smaller countries’, almost none at all. Decisions that affect the future of a country left up single individuals like Zhang

The scale of these online influence operations is HUGE. Their effect...hard to quantify. Which is why we need full disclosure from Facebook. And we are so far from it. Zuck repeatedly refused to come to Britain to tell us what happened on his platform in 2016. Why?!?

Speaking of moral courage. Compare Sophie Zhang turning down $64k to tell Facebook’s leadership she has blood on her hands. To Nick Clegg. Imagine being a ‘liberal democrat’ who saw MPs fail to hold Facebook to account. And then took the cash to defend it

(And congrats to @CraigSilverman @RMac18 & @PranavDixit for a barnstormer of a story)

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