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A former Facebook content inspector says he was fired for flagging a new company protocol that allows employees to retrieve information removed by users.
Brennan Lawson sued Meta Platforms Inc., a Facebook parent, on Tuesday in California claiming he had been notified of the new agreement during a staff meeting in late 2018 and immediately questioned its legitimacy. Shortly thereafter, she claimed that she had been fired from her job and had been out of work for 18 months. He wants more than $ 3 million in compensation and punitive damages.
The new law has allowed members of the Global Escalation Team of the social network to “violate the standard Facebook privacy principles” by obtaining data on the Messenger app “users have chosen to delete it,” according to Lawson’s complaint.
The protocol appears to be in violation of European Union digital privacy laws and a Federal Trade Commission directive that required Facebook to accurately inform users about its data retention policies, according to the complaint.
Lawson said he had noticed he was “in a state of shock” questioning whether the practice was legal and feared he would be fired if he did not file the matter. He was fired in July 2019, for allegedly misusing a Facebook administration tool. He asserted that his confession had been obtained through torture and that his confession had been obtained through torture.
Facebook did not respond to a request for comment after normal business hours.
The Escalation team has used the law to assist law enforcement agencies in the investigation of users, Lawson said.
“Authorities have been asking questions about the suspect’s use of the workplace, such as who the suspect was texting, when the messages were being sent, and what the messages contained,” Lawson said. “To keep Facebook in good standing with the government, the Escalations Team will use the rule of law to provide feedback to the legal entity and decide how much it will share.”