A Facebook worker once requested that a reporter for WIRED turn off his cellphone during a meeting so that his employer couldn’t detect that he was anonymously gossiping about the company, according to the tech publication.
In a lengthy, detailed story highlighting the ebbs and flows of the social media giant and its leader Mark Zuckerberg, WIRED cited observations, allegations, and anecdotes from 51 current or former Facebook employees.
But the most telling anecdote — and one of the first ones mentioned — is one personally experienced by the author of the WIRED piece, who parenthetically wrote:
(One current employee asked that a WIRED reporter turn off his phone so the company would have a harder time tracking whether it had been near the phones of anyone from Facebook.)
While a direct explanation was not included, it’s presumed that the Facebook employee worried that his superiors, perhaps a security manager, was tracking his or her location, while also that of the WIRED writer through their personal social media account.
Most users have location-tracking services turned on because when first creating the social media account, they are asked if Facebook has permission to use such information for certain services — like tagging photos geographically and checking in at different places.
By asking the reporter to turn off his phone, the Facebook worker clearly thought of the potential dangers of technically leaking thoughts to the media. But more importantly, it displayed an underlying paranoia that comes with working at a tech giant like Facebook. (RELATED: Zuckerberg Might Just Make Russia’s 25-Year-Old Spy Dreams A Reality)
Facebook did not respond to The Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment in time of publication.
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