Facebook whistleblower claims company shut down her website in retaliation

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Sophie Zhang, who worked as a low-level data scientist at Facebook, left the company in 2020 (AFP via Getty Images)

A whistleblower at Facebook who warned that the platform was being exploited by opportunistic political elements to seize power across the globe claims that the social media giant removed her website from the internet to keep her quiet.

Sophie Zhang, who worked as a low-level data scientist at Facebook, left the company in 2020 after she said she had discovered that fake accounts were being utilised by political actors to farm “likes” and warp public sentiment, which directly impacted elections.

Before leaving the company, Ms Zhang says she declined a $64,000 severance pay that was contingent upon her signing a non-disparagement agreement with the company. The data scientist said she declined the pay to reserve her right to speak out against the company.

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