SAN FRANCISCO — With more than 2 billion users, Facebook's reach now rivals that of Christianity and exceeds that of Islam. However, the network's laser focus on profits and user growth has come at the expense of its users, according to one former Facebook manager who is now speaking out against the social platform.
"One of the things that I saw consistently as
part of my job was the company just continuously prioritized user growth
and making money over protecting users," the ex-manager, Sandy
Parakilas, who worked at Facebook for 16 months, starting in 2011, told
NBC News. During his tenure at Facebook, Parakilas led third-party
advertising, privacy and policy compliance on Facebook's app platform.
As Facebook transitioned from a Harvard
dorm-room project into one of the world's most valuable companies, its
power grew in ways that founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg never could have
Over the past 14 months, Zuckerberg has gone from saying it was "crazy"
to think Facebook could influence an election to vowing that 2018 is the
year he will "fix" Facebook.
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