‘Crisis of integrity:’ Some Facebook employees say they’ve had enough

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Alongside a picture of his Facebook employee badge and a drawing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Adin Rosenberg posted a lengthy note Monday explaining why he was leaving the company.

“These past years working on Messenger and Instagram have helped me grow personally and professionally, and I look back at them with many fond memories,” Rosenberg wrote in a Facebook post. “However, recently I’ve been feeling a growing sense of disillusionment.”

Rosenberg, who had been a software engineer for almost six years before leaving, is one of a now-steady trickle of Facebook employees who have left in recent months and made clear that they do not see the company as a force for good.

“As a result of the company’s obsession with its growth, so many things go wrong,” Rosenberg, who did not respond to a request for comment, wrote.

Other Facebook employees who have left have offered similar sentiments. Ashok Chandwaney left Facebook last month after more than five years as an engineer working in various departments.

“It’s very clear to me after everything that’s happened, that Facebook’s work has life and death consequences,” he said in an interview. “I did not believe there was a way while working there that I could help move the company to take more seriously some of these really critical issues.”

Chandwaney said he did not raise his concerns internally until he had given his two-week notice. He said he loved the work and his colleagues but explained he was forced to leave because the company “is choosing to be on the wrong side of history.”

In recent months, at least four employees have quit in protest, each posting a message to their colleagues on their way out. Others who still work at the company have spoken out anonymously for fear of retaliation.

New smartphone app tells New Yorkers if they’ve been exposed to coronavirus

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Albany, N.Y. — Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced today a new smartphone app is available that will tell New Yorkers if they have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for coronavirus.

Smartphone users who download the free app, called “Covid Alert NY,” will be notified if they have been within six feet of an infected person for at least 10 minutes.

“It’s using technology on a level it’s never been used before,” Cuomo said in a telephone press briefing.

Cuomo said the new app is voluntary and anonymous. It can be downloaded from the Apple App Store and Google Play.

The state Health Department will contact people who have tested positive and ask them to anonymously participate in the smartphone contract tracing program. New Yorkers who are notified by the app that they have been exposed will be directed to quarantine, stay home and call a doctor.

The app was developed by Apple, Google and other technology companies for about $700,000. Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the federal government picked up the cost.

The more people who download the app, the more effective it will be, Cuomo said.

Melissa DeRosa, a Cuomo aide, said the app does not track a user’s location or movement, nor does it use GPS. It also does not collect or store personal information, she said. It uses bluetooth technology to send proximity to another phone with the same app, but not geographic location.

It’s available to anyone 18 or older who lives, works or goes to school in New York state. Cuomo said the app will also be available for residents of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Connecticut.

James T. Mulder covers health and higher education. Have a news tip? Contact him at (315) 470-2245 or [email protected]

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