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A new campaign called ‘Fire Mark Zuckerberg’ has been launched to force Mark Zuckerberg to resign as CEO of the company he founded in his Harvard dorm room in 2014. Well, a new website www.firemarkzuckerberg.com has also been set up, calling for Zuckerberg’s resignation after numerous privacy violations over the last year.
The online petition starts with a very strong-worded demand to hold Mark Zuckerberg personally accountable for these privacy violations:
“Facebook has violated your privacy too many times. Mark Zuckerberg must go.”
Recently, Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes called to break up Facebook. Hughes said many things about Zuckerberg and the way he is operating Facebook right now in his bombshell opinion piece published in the New York Times. Hughes said Zuckerberg has turned Facebook into an innovation-suffocating monopoly and Hughes is not alone. Many critics believe Facebook has acquired too much power to continue.
Here’s the full petition:
Facebook has violated your privacy too many times. Mark Zuckerberg must go.
Enough apologies. Mark Zuckerberg must resign. Under his leadership, Facebook has violated billions of people’s basic rights, harvested and abused our data in nauseating ways, and shown reckless disregard for the human impact of its products.
Zuckerberg has been the sole leader of Facebook for its entire 15 years of existence. In that time, there has been no attempt to move away from a business model reliant on violating user privacy. Facebook’s current business practices are fundamentally at odds with democracy and human rights.
There is no single silver bullet solution that will “fix” Facebook. But we can start by sending a clear message to its shareholders, corporate leadership, and the entire tech industry that we are fed up, and that no one should be immune from facing the consequences of their actions. Ousting Mark Zuckerberg is an important first step toward affecting real change.
Let’s hold Mark Zuckerberg accountable. Sign our open letter demanding his resignation.
Of late, Facebook has come under scrutiny over a series of privacy blunders and for failing to effectively prevent the misinformation and hate speech by extremist groups from spreading on the platform.
Trouble for Facebook revolves around so many different issues. Last year, the Cambridge Analytica data scandal put Facebook in a very tough situation as data collected on millions of Facebook users was used to meddle with the 2016 US presidential elections. Recently, Facebook was spotted internally storing millions of Instagram passwords in plain text on its servers.
In December, a New York Times report revealed that Facebook allowed more than 150 companies including Netflix and Spotify to access specific user data including their private messages.