The so-called "whistleblower" Facebook Francis Haugen gave an interview to the popular publication Politico. In a conversation with reporters, a former employee of the social network expressed concern about Meta's inclusion in the metaverse.
Haugen became famous all over the world when, as an active employee of Facebook, she secretly copied the company's internal documents and attached them to anonymous complaints to the police. The most scandalous event was the sending to Congress and the US Securities and Exchange Commission of several documents compromising the activities of the social network.
In particular, in 2021, when the conflict broke out, the woman accused her employers of ignoring content that incited hatred between users. At the time, Haugen said that Facebook "purposefully pushes its users together to increase rankings and profits."
Today, based on an interview with Politico, Haugen is very worried about Meta's intentions to join virtual reality. According to the woman, if Facebook really “opens up” to the metaverse, the personal data of all users could be in danger.
“The security guarantees given by the social network Facebook cannot be called one hundred percent. The company will not be able to provide decent protection and privacy for its supporters. The social network will collect all the information about the interaction of users with the clouds of the metaverse. If you want to be spied on around the clock, well, trust Facebook,” said Haugen.
Continuing to talk about the privacy of Facebook users, in fairness it should be emphasized that Haugen is not the only one who does not trust the social network in this matter. So, according to a recent study, about 70% of respondents do not trust Meta when it comes to the security and storage of personal data.
ProtonMail Encrypted Email CEO Andy Yen also criticized Meta in a recent interview. The man called the company one of the tech giants that can block a user without any trial or even remove him from the Internet. The developer commented on Meta's plans for joining the metaverse.
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“Meta is building its infrastructure in virtual reality. They create something that will be completely and completely controlled, from users' data to their gadgets. Meta's promises of safety in the metaverse are worthless, at least until the tech giant changes its model. I would not trust this company, given its track record,” summed up Ian.