Frances Haugen, a whistleblower and former employee of Facebook, said that Mark Zuckerberg should quit as the social media company’s CEO.
“I think it is unlikely the company will change if he remains the CEO. And I hope that he can see that there is so much good that he could do in the world and maybe it’s a chance for someone else to maybe take the reins,” Haugen said in an interview with MSNBC.
Frances Haugen is a data engineer and scientist who worked for Facebook as its product manager. She recently disclosed tens of thousands of the tech giant’s internal documents to the Securities and Exchange Commission and The Wall Street Journal.
Haugen believes Zuckerberg can be refreshed by taking time off from the company, so that someone else can take on the challenges that Facebook is currently facing.
“It doesn’t make him a bad person to have made mistakes. But it is unacceptable to continue to make the same bad mistakes after you know that those are mistakes. And so I have faith that he can change,” Haugen stated.
However, Zuckerberg currently is a majority holder of the company’s voting shares, making it almost impossible for him or the board to be fired. Haugen also cited Facebook’s Meta rebranding as another example of how the board has ignored the platform’s destructive effects on the public, especially the youth.
“Over and over again Facebook chooses expansion in new areas over sticking the landing on what they’ve already done,” Haugen continued.
“And I find it unconscionable that, as you read through the documents, it states very clearly there needs to be more resources on very basic safety systems. And instead of investing on making sure that our platforms are a minimal level of safe, they’re about to invest 10,000 engineers in video games, and I can’t imagine how this makes sense,” Haugen added.
Zuckerberg described the metaverse to be a virtual world that you can enter, rather than just viewing on a screen. It’s basically a virtual world with endless interconnected virtual communities that people can use to meet, play, and work using virtual reality headsets, AR glasses, smartphones, or other devices.
According to a Meta spokesperson, “this is a ludicrous comparison and a false choice. It is not as though a company can only build new technology or invest in keeping people safe. Obviously, we can and must do both of these things at the same time – and we are.”
Meanwhile, Israel’s social media users ridiculed Facebook’s name change to Meta, which actually sounds like the Hebrew word “dead.”