A former employee of Facebook says the CEO of the company, Mark Zuckerberg, employs the use of "secret police" to catch leakers.
The employee, who did not wish to be named, did an interview with The Guardian Friday and said he was called to a meeting last year under the guise of a promotion. When he arrived at the meeting, he found himself in front of Facebook's investigative team and they presented proof he'd leaked information to the press.
"It's horrifying how much they know," he said. "You go into Facebook and it has this warm, fuzzy feeling of 'we're changing the world' and 'we care about things'. But you get on their bad side and all of a sudden you are face to face with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's secret police."
The employee explained how an investigative team led by Sonya Ahuja had records of screenshots, links he visited, and even links he had only hovered over. The also presented records of chats the employee had with a journalist where they allegedly discussed information he was not authorized to expose.
"When you first get to Facebook you are shocked at the level of transparency. You are trusted with a lot of stuff you don't need access to," the employee explained. "The counterbalance to giving you this huge trusting environment is if anyone steps out of line, they'll squash you like a bug."
When The Guardian queried Facebook regarding the accusations of the use of secret police, the company responded, "Companies routinely use business records in workplace investigations, and we are no exception."
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