The 18 biggest tech scandals of 2018
- From Facebook's Cambridge Analytica debacle to Google's sexual misconduct investigations, 2018 has been a year rocked by scandal in tech industry.
- Here are the 18 biggest tech scandals that happened this year.
In the tech world, 2018 was rocked by scandal.
Over the last 12 months, many tech companies have found themselves at the center of our country's most pressing social and political issues.
Facebook provided Cambridge Analytica - a data firm used by President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign to target voters - with 87 million users' personal information without obtaining proper consent.
Google reportedly paid an executive tens of millions of dollars after he was let go over a sexual misconduct investigation.
And WhatsApp became a hotbed of misinformation, influencing political elections and costing people their lives.
What follows are the 18 biggest scandals in the tech industry over the course of the last year:
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February: Uber and Waymo go to court over stolen trade secrets regarding self-driving car technology.
March: Google’s Project Maven contract to partner with the Department of Defense on AI technology is revealed.
March: A self-driving Uber car hits and kills a woman in Arizona.
March: Facebook announces 87 million users were affected by the Cambridge Analytica debacle.
March: Facebook is blamed for the spread of hate speech on its platform that helped fuel violence toward ethnic minority groups in Myanmar.
April: Mark Zuckerberg is called to Washington to testify before Congress.
July: Google is fined a record $5 billion for abusing the dominance of its Android mobile operating system.
August: A report reveals Google's work on Dragonfly, a censored search engine for China.
August: Infowars conspiracy theorist Alex Jones is banned by a slew of social media platforms.
September: Alphabet CEO Larry Page refuses to attend a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing.
September: Tesla CEO Elon Musk has to pay $20 million to settle a lawsuit with the SEC after tweeting he planned to take his company private.
September: Facebook announces it was hacked and a trove of sensitive personal data from 29 million users was stolen.
October: A report reveals that the Google+ social network exposed the personal data of 500,000 users, and that Google tried to hide it from the public.
October: A report reveals that Android creator Andy Rubin was given a $90 million exit package by Google after he was let go by the company over a sexual misconduct investigation.
October: WhatsApp's popularity in Brazil is used for widespread sharing of false propaganda, spam messages, and hoaxes ahead of the country's contentious presidential election.
November: Thousands of Google employees around the world stage a walkout to protest the company's handling of sexual misconduct cases.
November: A report reveals that Facebook hired a PR firm in an attempt to blame billionaire George Soros for the rise of the anti-Facebook movement.
November: Amazon announces it will split up its much-anticipated HQ2 between New York and Virginia.
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