Why did the Former Facebook Executives turn Against the Company?

In recent times, some of the people who once were the executive and supporters of Facebook are now turning away from the company.

Chris Hughes was the first prominent person who talked about the break-up of the company, in his op-ed in the New York Times. Like him, there have been many who in the last few years have publicly shown their concerns regarding Facebook and complained about its leadership.

Some of the well-known insiders having spoken up against the social network include:

Brian Acton

Acton is a co-founder of WhatsApp and left the company in 2017. After a few months of leaving Facebook, he posted a scandalous tweet, #deletefacebook.

He then appeared in an interview where he confessed about leaking data of users for vested interest and said that he has a deep regret about it. To lessen the guilt, he donated $50 million to Signal Foundation, which is more focused on private messaging and goes by the name of Signal app.

Sean Parker

The founding president of Facebook, Parker once thought of himself as ‘conscientious objector’ of the social media platform. Once the executive of Facebook disclosed casually that since the beginning, the aim of Facebook was to be addictive.

Sean Parker former Facebook Executive
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He said that the objective of developing these social media apps, especially the mother of all modern social network Facebook, was to see how these can be the center of attention and take up the most of the time of users. This has been affecting the young generation negatively.

Roger McNamee

One of the investors of Facebook at an early stage, McNamee was famously known as Zuckerberg’s guru after advising him to go against the offer of buying Yahoo for $1 billion.

After 2016, McNamee raised voice against Facebook’s policies. According to him, he warned Zuckerberg and Facebook's COO Sheryl Sandberg about the possible misuse of the platform in elections, but they ignored it. He stated that Facebook’s recent privacy-focused narrative is a mere publicity stunt.

In his article in Time Magazine, McNamee said that the company and its leadership is unable to take criticism, they do whatever they want to. They are supposedly on the mission of connecting people and in order to do it, they take every action without justifying it logically.

Justin Rosenstein

Once the engineer at Facebook, Rosentein was behind the development of the famous ‘Like’ button. Later he, along with a co-founder of Facebook, Dustin Moskovitz founded Asana.

He has been most concerned about the addictiveness of the social platform. He believes that at the beginning the intentions may not be wrong, but eventually, they start showing their negative impact. Following the harmful addiction, Rosnstein said in an interview in 2017 that he asked his digital assistant to uninstall all social media apps from his device.

Justin Rosenstein ex-Facebook executive
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Chamath Palihapitiya

Palihapitiya became part of Facebook in 2007 and four years later left it to start his own capital firm.

At Stanford’s business school, Palihapitiya said that he feels guilty about joining Facebook. They created certain tools that have been unbalancing the society and its norms. The temporary feedback loops created are harming the structure of society.

Chamath Palihapitiya
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Chris Hughes

Hughes, a class-fellow of Zuckerberg in Harvard is one the co-founders of the company, who had some important positions as well in the company. He left the company in 2007 and recently bashed the CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerburg, in an article saying that he is a kind person but is unable to keep the spirit of the company and is focused on its growth only.

Following the recent security breach and other scandals, Hughes believes the company should break-up, as it would make a healthy competition in the market.

Alex Stamos

Stamos worked as a Chief Security Officer at Facebook, he was one of the prominent faces when the news of "abuse of data" for 2016 elections manipulation emerged. After working for three years in the company, Stamos left Facebook in 2018.

Though he has shown his concerns and had been critical about the company, but he also believes that Facebook should not break up. After his statement was published, soon he announced that it is about time that Facebook should have a new CEO.

He said that Zuckerberg has excessive powers and should have a new boss for the company. While at the Collision Conference, he suggested that Brad Smith, President of Microsoft is capable of having this role.

Alex Stamos
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