New York (The Verge) — In leaked audio, Mark Zuckerberg attempts to rally Facebook employees from criticism on all fronts. Here are some highlights:
The Verge’s Casey Newton has obtained exclusive leaked audio of Mark Zuckerberg speaking candidly in two internal meetings. Facebook employees are frustrated with the direction of the company, and they’re pressing Zuckerberg for answers about the company’s floundering reputation and its future.
Several 2020 presidential candidates, led by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), had called for Facebook to be broken up. The introduction of Libra, a Facebook-created cryptocurrency, had run into strong resistance from regulators around the world who worried that it could destabilize the global financial system. Some employees had questions about Zuckerberg himself. Why had the CEO declined multiple requests to appear at government hearings in Europe, harming Facebook’s reputation? Interns worried about Facebook’s increasingly dim reputation among their peers.
Elsewhere in the conversations, Zuckerberg presented a plan for halting the global advance of its latest competitor, ByteDance’s video app TikTok. The company introduced a clone named Lasso and released it in Mexico — where TikTok has yet to make inroads — in an attempt to perfect the product before rolling it out elsewhere. — Casey Newton/@verge