Facebook engineer denounces company resignation protest " takes advantage of hate to make money" - A Facebook engineer has just resigned and publicly criticized the company. He accuses her of"making money through hate."
In a letter detailing the reasons for his resignation, Ashok Chandwaney cites some of Facebook's recent actions as turning points that have encouraged him to quit his post. Specifically, Chandwaney talks about the failure of the social network to eliminate an event in a group of militiamen who encouraged violence against protesters in Kenosha, Wisconsin, as well as the platform's decision not to remove a post by President Donald Trump in which he stated that " when the looting begins, the shooting begins."
Several Facebook employees have left the company in recent months for similar reasons. At least three people left the firm in a week after CEO Mark Zuckerberg explained to employees that they were not going to remove Trump's post on looting and shootings. These staff discrepancies with the social network's moderation policies pile on the platform's years of scandals, such as its role in Russian interference in the elections, the Cambridge Analytica espionage, or the genocide in Myanmar.
Chandwaney detailed the reasons for leaving the company in a public post on the social network. He also detailed his reasons in an interview with The Washington Post, and uploaded a copy of his resignation letter to Facebook's internal worker platform.
"I resign because I cannot continue to contribute to a company that is making money from hate in the US and the world," Chandwaney writes. "It seems that Facebook has found no business value in adopting aggressive strategies to eliminate hate content on the platform."
A Facebook spokesperson has not agreed to make statements. The company does not usually do them when it comes to personal matters.
Chandwaney has also not responded to a requests for comment.
Facebook engineer denounces company resignation protest
Facebook has taken steps in recent months to try to dismantle hate speech on the social network as well as content that glorifies violence. The company has recently implemented a veto for citizen militias, and has commissioned a civil rights audit for its platform.
But in his resignation letter, Chandwaney says that Facebook's latest moves seem to pursue more marketing purposes than a real will for change. He is disillusioned with the company's supposed mission of generating " social value."
"I have heard numerous explanations, all unsatisfactory, about how many of the things I have worked on have brought social value," he writes. "In all my positions at the company, at the end of the day, all decisions were made only with the business value in mind."
Software engineers are one of Facebook's Most Wanted and best paid jobs, according to the company's salary data.
Chandwaney abounds in his resignation being motivated by the work done by Color Of Change, an activist group that has pressured Facebook to take further steps to restrict comments and remove content such as Trump's and the shootings. Color Of Change President Rashad Robinson applauded Chandwaney's letter in a statement released Tuesday.
"Color of Change is happy to support Chandwaney, but it's a shame that employees need to go to civil rights organizations to protect communities of color before they can turn to their own employers," Robinson details in this paper.
End of Facebook engineer denounces company resignation protest
However, the app works: experts gut the newly released RadarCOVID code
RadarCOVID no longer hides too many secrets: the government has released its source code on GitHub, a platform with repositories and code for programmers.
With this measure, the operation of the application to track contacts and prevent coronavirus infections can be audited and scrutinized. In fact, this is what has been happening intensely since the code was published this Wednesday.
The news was launched by the Secretary of State for digitalization and Artificial intelligence via Twitter, at the end of 17: 00 hours. Since then, programmers, developers and curious people are accessing the RadarCOVID repositories to see how the work done by the experts of Indra, the Spanish multinational that was hired to make the app.
The code was released this Wednesday, a few days after several media outlets echoed a manifesto of experts and academics from across the country, urging the government to take this step.
The manifesto called for the entire code to be accompanied by "documentation and information", so that "the scientific community and civil society have the necessary scrutiny capacity" and that it can "improve and contribute to the development and deployment of RadarCOVID to the highest standards".
In this sense, sources from the Secretariat of State remind Business Insider Spain that publishing all the source code of the app was a commitment "acquired long ago", so it is not a "response", but "an exercise of transparency and to make the code available to the community so that it can contribute if desired".
It is still early for many developers to have a formed opinion, although the first impressions are somewhat disparate.
Many developers congratulate the team behind RadarCOVID for its deployment and the choice of compiled tools or codes.
Others have lamented" unnecessary third-party libraries, code copied and pasted, localization done without following standards " and, ultimately, a lack of proper training, in the words of the expert and communicator Julius Caesar, editor of Applesfera.
Some have drawn attention to the fact that suddenly publishing all the code of the app has caused valuable information to be lost along the way.
This is explained by Jorge J. Ramos himself, one of the developers who has shared his opinion on social networks.
In statements to Business Insider Spain, Ramos explains that the projects under development are created "on the basis of commits", that is, "the most atomic unit of work" that developers are recording. "The commits history shows the life of the project from its inception to today."
Here lies the problem. The Secretary of State for digitalization has published all the final code of RadarCOVID in a single commit, so those who want to scrutinize the work done since the start of work on the app... they won't be able to.
With several commits ," there are dates, names, and jobs done that you would need to know. But rather than pointing the finger at who did what, having a history of commits helps us understand why things have been done in a certain way."
The Spanish app is not the only one that has uploaded its repositories with the code through which their apps work. In fact, Corona Warn, the app used in Germany, has had hundreds of commits on GitHub published since late April, when Angela Merkel's executive commissioned SAM and Deutsche Telekom to develop their tracking app.
In the Corona Warn repositories you can even see how the developers of the German app are working almost in real time on the interoperability of the app with other European applications.
In a matter of hours, RadarCOVID's GitHub has been filled with tips, suggestions and doubts from developers across the country waiting to see how the contact tracking app improves.
It had only been a few minutes since the Secretary of State had announced that the RadarCOVID code had been released and the first warnings of errors had appeared.
Some older ones, such as leaked credentials on both the Android and iOS versions that one of the app's developers hurried to clarify that,in fact, they were keys used during the pilot of the app in San Sebastian De La Gomera.
Minor others, such as some orthotypographic corrections in the application interface.
In addition to RadarCOVID and Corona Warn, there are also on GitHub the repositories of the Italian Immuni or the Portuguese Stay Away, available from 1 September.
Even the French app, StopCovid, which does not use the DP-3T protocol - which manages the data of the tracked contacts in a decentralized way, on each Mobile— has its public code in GitLab.
All of them have benefited from collaboration with the developer community.
The Spanish app also encourages contributions to improve the tool. However, they also clarify that developers are still focused on the launch of the app at the national level: "that's why we try to make the slightest changes and hope to meet the requests for change in the medium term."