Scroll India: Sophie Zhang interview: Facebook prioritises Indian power players, not Indian people

Scroll India: Sophie Zhang interview: Facebook prioritises Indian power players, not Indian people. “Sophie Zhang knows all too well the influence Facebook can wield over a society. As a data scientist working at the tech giant, she saw up close the social media platform being exploited to undermine political systems around the world, including India. So, in 2020, she wrote a 7,800-word memo, laying out damning details of ‘Facebook’s failures’.”

CNN: Another Facebook whistleblower says she is willing to testify before Congress

CNN: Another Facebook whistleblower says she is willing to testify before Congress. “Sophie Zhang, who said she felt like she had ‘blood on her hands’ after working at Facebook, is willing to testify before Congress about her former employer, she told CNN Sunday. She said she had also passed on documentation about the company to a US law enforcement agency.”

MIT Technology Review: She risked everything to expose Facebook. Now she’s telling her story.

MIT Technology Review: She risked everything to expose Facebook. Now she’s telling her story.. “Her story reveals that it is really pure luck that we now know so much about how Facebook enables election interference globally. [Sophie] Zhang was not just the only person fighting an entire swath of political manipulation, it also wasn’t her job. She had discovered the problem because of a unique confluence of skills and passion, then taken it upon herself, driven by an extraordinary sense of moral responsibility. To regulators around the world considering how to rein in the company, this should be a wakeup call.”

“I Have Blood on My Hands”: A Whistleblower Says Facebook Ignored Global Political Manipulation (BuzzFeed News)

BuzzFeed News: “I Have Blood on My Hands”: A Whistleblower Says Facebook Ignored Global Political Manipulation. “Facebook ignored or was slow to act on evidence that fake accounts on its platform have been undermining elections and political affairs around the world, according to an explosive memo sent by a recently fired Facebook employee and obtained by BuzzFeed News. The 6,600-word memo, written by former Facebook data scientist Sophie Zhang, is filled with concrete examples of heads of government and political parties in Azerbaijan and Honduras using fake accounts or misrepresenting themselves to sway public opinion. In countries including India, Ukraine, Spain, Brazil, Bolivia, and Ecuador, she found evidence of coordinated campaigns of varying sizes to boost or hinder political candidates or outcomes, though she did not always conclude who was behind them.”