The top scandals Facebook, Google, Twitter and Amazon dealt with in 2018

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From the slow down of the growth, and the calls for ceos to step aside to breaches of privacy and increased control over hatred and misinformation, there was no shortage of internal and external problems on Facebook, Twitter, Google, and Amazon.

The following list, therefore, is far from complete, but it gives insight into what controversies and issues will likely continue to plague Large Tech in 2019.

Tech workers revolt

Google, Facebook and Twitter saw their dirty laundry aired this year, thanks to employees who leaked internal e-mails and video, published internal memos and signed petitions demanding better working conditions, or more ethical practices. Former Facebook employee, Mark Luckie, who worked at the social network as a strategic partner for influencers focused on underrepresented groups, published a memo says the company has a “black people problem” and not the black users and staff.

At least more than 17,000 Google employees staged a walkout demanding wage equality, revamped a sexual harassment policy and more focus on race and gender-based discrimination at the search giant. Even though Google has responded to a number of the group the requirements with respect to forced arbitration for sexual harassment cases, others have not been followed. Hundreds of employees of Google also pushed back against the reported plans, now apparently of the action, for a censored Chinese search engine.

A host of prominent tech industry insiders blasted the addictiveness of social media and the enormous scale of giants like Facebook and Google, with some, including the founder of the World Wide Web, call for Great Tech-rupture.


Bias audits

Major Tech also did not catch breaks on both sides of America’s ideological divide. The republicans continue to hammer away the fact that Google actively suppressing conservative content or skew the search results, grilling CEO Sundar Pichai about the previous week during a House of Representatives hearing. Pichai said the search giant’s employees and algorithms are not politically influenced.

Meanwhile, Facebook, which is performing an audit of alleged anti-conservative bias, also saw 100 employees complain about the “political monoculture” in August. The audit will not be completed until next year, but the Mark Zuckerberg-led company is not required to be in the public release of the verification of the results. That stands in contrast to Facebook is that the civil rights of the audit, which was pushed by interest groups, such as the Color of the Change.

The Menlo Park, Calif.-based company has promised to update the public on the civil rights of the audit by the end of this year in the wake of the employment of a GOP-aligned opposition company that critics say uses anti-Semitic tropes to establish liberal financier George Soros after he called the platform a “threat” for the society.

Amazon us. Big Apple Liberals

Amazon hit a brick wall known as Big Apple Democrats in her quest for the construction of a huge campus, known as HQ2, for 25,000 workers on the waterfront in Long Island City, Queens. The deal between Jeff Bezos’ company and New York offers tax advantages and extras (including a widely derided helipad) for a value of up to $3 billion.

Critics, including Congress-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and a number of Democrats on the New York City Council have asked for more transparency, a series of public hearings and a rezoning of a number of the Amazon alotted funds for public goods such as mass transit or affordable housing.

Despite the pushback, Amazon is still slated to open in the New York-based HQ2 (along with its Northern Virginia counterpart) in the not-too-distant future, but certain aspects of the deal could be amended.


In the real world violence

Social media more and more companies saw their platforms armed in ways that have led to real world violence or the potential for bloodshed, this is something that the advocates have warned for many years.

A series of false rumours spread on Facebook-owned WhatsApp has led to more than 20 people being lynched in India. Cesar Sayoc, who is accused of sending 13 pipe bombs through the mail to a range of prominent Democrats and critics of the President, Trump traded in conspiracy theories, white supremacy and anti-Semitism on his Facebook profile. Robert Bowers, the 46-year-old man accused of the murder of 11 people at a Jewish synagogue in Pittsburgh, placed, that the Jews were “the enemy of the white people” on the extreme right, the social platform of the Gab.

Meanwhile, Facebook accused of allowing the platform to be used for “ethnic cleansing” by the Myanmar military, which has focused on the country’s mainly Muslim Rohingya minority group with severe violence. And Twitter was simply blown away by Amnesty International for allowing racism, misogyny and homophobia to flourish unchecked on its platform.

Tech Ceo’s, grilled (Or seen the empty chair treatment)

Facebook’s CEO said that he did not know whether it would have his team look at it dozens of times in April testimony on Capitol Hill, will be questioned by the legislators about the Cambridge Analytica data scandal, the viral spread of hate and Russian interference on the platform. Although Zuckerberg seemed to come out unscathed, the shares of the company has not been so lucky. Shares are down sharply this year, partly due to slowing or declining growth of the user, in some parts of the world, critics call for a leadership shakeup and the NAACP is making a #LogOutFacebook press about privacy violations and the company’s treatment of African-Americans.

In particular, Zuckerberg refused to testify before a grand hearing about disinformation in Europe, sending a different director.

Google’s CEO testify before House lawmakers last week, in a somewhat strange appearance that was filled with strange moments and focused on allegations of bias against the conservatives.

The Russia connection

Finally, two new reports produced for the US Senate proved that Russia has the influence of the campaign during the 2016 presidential elections was a sophisticated and multi-faceted effort to focus on the African-American community and political discord to sow among the public on the different social media platforms.

The nefarious effort spanning Facebook, Google, Twitter,, Google-owned YouTube-and Facebook-owned Instagram. The reach of 126 million people on Facebook, posted 10.4 million tweets on Twitter, and uploaded more than 1,000 videos to YouTube, and achieved more than 20 million users on Instagram. “The IRA made a comprehensive cross-platform media mirage, aimed at the Black community, which is shared and cross-promoted authentic Black media is an overwhelming influence of the ecosystem,” a report states.

Although each company has taken down the pages and removed bots, or actual changes in the policy concerning the election of the integrity, the most also acknowledge that the Russian efforts to undermine AMERICAN democracy are ongoing, and it is unlikely to stop.

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