Some engineers are leaving Facebook, citing moral concerns following the Cambridge Analytica scandal, The New York Times reported.
- Facebook engineers are quitting or trying to transfer to its Instagram or WhatsApp divisions, The New York Times reported over the weekend.
- Employee dissatisfaction seems to be stemming from the reports last month that Cambridge Analytica, a data analytics company that worked on Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, had illegitimately obtained data from an estimated 87 million Facebook profiles.
- Many have argued that Facebook could and should have handled the data more responsibly and were frustrated that CEO Mark Zuckerberg was silent for days after the reports surfaced.
- Zuckerberg will testify in front of Congress on Tuesday about Facebook's role in the scandal.
Some dissatisfied Facebook engineers are attempting to switch divisions to work on the company's other products, like Instagram or WhatsApp, in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica data scandal, The New York Times reported over the weekend.
Christopher Wylie, the founder of the data analytics company Cambridge Analytica, which worked on Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, told news outlets last month that the company had illegitimately obtained data from over 50 million Facebook profiles. Facebook has since revised that figure to as many as 87 million.
Facebook says it was aware of the data Cambridge Analytica had and asked the company to delete it when it changed its advertising rules 2015, but it never followed up to ensure Cambridge Analytica had done so.
Many have argued that Facebook could and should have handled the data more responsibly, and the increased scrutiny of Facebook has apparently taken a toll on employees working on the platform.
CEO Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg have spoken to the media on a few occasions since news of the scandal broke, but it was days before the company commented on the scandal. Then late last month, a leaked 2016 memo from the Facebook executive Andrew Bosworth described a "growth at all costs" mentality at the company, piling on the recent backlash.
Amid the uproar, some engineers working on Facebook's core product have found it increasingly difficult to stand by it. Westin Lohne, a former Facebook product designer, explained his dilemma in a tweet.
—westin lohne (@westinlohne) April 5, 2018
Lohne said in his tweets that he didn't choose to go to Instagram or WhatsApp and is now unemployed.
Zuckerberg is testifying before Congress on Tuesday, where he's expected to face questions about the company's role in the Cambridge Analytica scandal. What he says in his testimony is likely to affect some employees' decisions about whether to stay or go.
Meanwhile, Zuckerberg isn't planning on going anywhere.
The Atlantic's Robinson Meyer recently asked Zuckerberg whether he had ever considered resigning.
"I mean, it started in a dorm room, and now it's this unprecedented community in scale, and I'm very confident that we're gonna be able to work through these issues," Zuckerberg said.