Updated 21 May, 2013, 8:58 am IST
Facebook developed ‘Stalker, Dark Profiles’ says ex-employee in new book
| by Ramkumar Iyer |
A new book by a former employee of social networking website Facebook claims that the company allegedly developed an experimental feature called "Dark Profiles", which would give secret accounts to people who did not even sign up. Reports indicate that engineers wanted to create shadow pages for those who were tagged in photos by their friends in the hope they would cave in and join the social networking website, Katherine Losse, the author of 'The Boy Kings: A Journey into the Heart of the Social Network', said. Losse worked for Facebook between 2005 and 2010, and worked her way up from customer relations to be the speechwriter for Zuckerberg, as per a report by the Daily Mail.
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Losse also claims that female workers at the social network company were propositioned for threesomes and faced insults. "The company's entire human resources architecture was constructed on the reactionary model of an office from the 1950s in which men with so-called masculine qualities (being technical, breaking things, moving fast) was idealised as brilliant and visionary, whilst everyone else (particularly the non-technical employees on the customer support team who were mostly female and sometime, unlike the white and Asian engineering team, black) were assumed to be duller, incapable of quick and intelligent thought. It was like Mad Men but real and happening the current moment, as if in repudiation of fifty years of social progress," Losse wrote.
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