Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg leveraged user data as 'bargaining chip' against rivals

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg leveraged user data as 'bargaining chip' against rivals

Zuckerberg has drawn a base salary of US$1 for the past three years, and his "other" compensation was listed at US$22.6 million, most of which was for his personal security.

Facebook hasn't questioned the authenticity of the documents obtained by NBC News.

Facebook has in the past few years faced public outcry over its role in Russia's alleged influence on the 2016 USA presidential election and has come under fire following revelations that Cambridge Analytica obtained personal data from millions of Facebook profiles without consent.

This isn't the first time voting members of Facebook have challenged Zuckerberg's control over the company but this challenge to Zuckerberg's authority comes after a brutal year for Facebook. Titled "15 Months of fresh hell inside Facebook" and co-authored by the magazine's editor in chief Nicholas Thompson, the article opens with George Soros's 2018 denunciation of social media giants in Davos, going on to claim that the "world had learned how Russian intelligence operatives used the platform to manipulate USA voters" while "Genocidal monks in Myanmar and a despot in the Philippines had taken a liking to the platform". The documents come from the California lawsuit the app developer company Six4Three has pursued against Facebook for cutting off its access to user data in 2015. Zuckerberg and other executives rarely discussed the need to protect privacy, which was the public explanation for cutting off data, according to NBC. He added, "The facts are clear: we've never sold people's data".

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The existing arrangement, where developers weren't required to share their data back with Facebook, might be "good for the world" but it's not "good for us", Zuckerberg wrote in the email.

The day before, ABC carried a story about how the leading Democrat firebrand Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York) said she had stopped using Facebook because of health risks associated with social media like "increased isolation, depression, anxiety, addiction, and escapism".

Once Zuckerberg landed on the new direction, Facebook proceeded to make changes with key partners like Tinder ahead of the 2014 F8 conference, where he would announce the larger changes to developers.

"So we are literally going to group apps into buckets based on how scared we are of them and give them different APIs?"

Another proposal that will be voted on would force Zuckerberg out and appoint an independent chairman to help lead Facebook after several major scandals this year have put the company in an increasingly negative light. Another engineer replied: "Yeah this is complicated".

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