UNFRIENDED: Here are all the Mark Zuckerberg allies who have turned on Facebook
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- Facebook cofounder Chris Hughes wrote an unexpectedly critical opinion piece in the New York Times on Facebook, calling for the breakup of the company.
- He's just the latest prominent former Facebook figure to turn on the social network after 18 months of scandal.
- We put together a list of Mark Zuckerberg's former allies and employees who are now critical of his company.
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Perhaps wisely, Mark Zuckerberg has disabled the feature on Facebook that lets you see how many friends he has on the social network. The number is probably big, given he has 114 million people that follow his updates.His friendship group IRL is looking a little smaller, thanks to a tumultuous 18 months of scandal that includes the Cambridge Analytica scandal, accusations of exacerbating genocide in Myanmar, and numerous security incidents like harvesting 1.5 million users' email addresses without their permission.Advertisement
Read more: A Facebook cofounder has written a blistering New York Times op-ed arguing that Mark Zuckerberg's social network should be torn apart
As opinion has turned against Facebook and its CEO, so have some of his former employees, investors, and allies - even though the social media company has made many of them extremely wealthy. These people have broken with Silicon Valley convention of maintaining an air of optimism about the places they worked or invested in, in order to criticise Zuckerberg and his company to the media.Here's the running list of people unfriending Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook.
Roger McNamee mentored Mark Zuckerberg and then wrote a book about how terrible Facebook is.
Justin Rosenstein, the former Facebook engineer who invented the 'like' button, refuses to use social media.Advertisement
Facebook cofounder Chris Hughes, who thinks the company should be broken up.
Brian Acton, the cofounder of WhatsApp who told people to "delete Facebook."Advertisement
Jan Koum, the other WhatsApp cofounder who flounced out after clashes with Facebook's executives.
Facebook's founding president, Sean Parker, who warned about social media's impact on people's mental health.Advertisement
Leah Pearlman, the co-inventor of the 'like' button who is haunted by "Black Mirror."
Chamath Palihapitiya, a former Facebook executive, said Facebook was destroying how society works.Advertisement
Sandy Parakilas, the former Facebook operations manager who played a major role in educating the public about Cambridge Analytica.
Instagram cofounder Kevin Systrom, who resigned abruptly from Facebook six years after acquisition.Advertisement
Honorable mention: Chris Cox, a beloved Facebook employee who isn't sure about Mark Zuckerberg's new vision.
Honorable mention: Former Facebook product manager Antonio Garcia MartinezAdvertisement
Honorable mention: former chief privacy officer, Alex Stamos
Honorable mention: Facebook cofounder Eduardo Saverin, who had a bitter legal dispute with Facebook.Advertisement
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