Former Facebook data scientist Sophie Zhang claims that the social network ignored many fake accounts, used to undermine elections and political affairs worldwide, with severe consequences.

“This is the story of a junior employee wielding extraordinary moderation powers that affected millions of people without any real institutional support and the personal torment that followed,” BuzzFeed

Former Facebook data scientist Sophie Zhang claims that the social network ignored many fake accounts, used to undermine elections and political affairs worldwide, with severe consequences.

“This is the story of a junior employee wielding extraordinary moderation powers that affected millions of people without any real institutional support, and the personal torment that followed,” BuzzFeed said, posting excerpts from the extensive memo obtained from Zhang on September 14.

“I have made countless decisions in this regard, from Iraq to Indonesia, from Italy to El Salvador. Individually, the impact was probably small in each case, but the world is a vast place,” Zhang said.

“Although I made the best decision I could, based on the knowledge available at the time, ultimately I was the one who made the decision not to push harder or prioritize more in each case, and I know I already have blood on my hands,” Zhang wrote.

To a certain extent, after watching the news about the results of her decisions to censor or not censor certain accounts, the data scientist learned about the disasters and deaths she eventually caused and thus felt guilty.

Zhang said she had rejected a $64,000 settlement offered by Facebook on a confidentiality agreement, according to BuzzFeed.

In her brief, Zhang also noted that when she urged Facebook to act against “election-related malicious activity” and other similar events, the only alternative presented to her was to quit her job.

“I was told that Facebook would no longer need my services if I refused [to continue her work under the same circumstances],” and in fact, she was fired in early September. She then issued the compromising memo, according to BuzzFeed.

The dimensions of her work were so extensive that they seemed to overwhelm her.

“A Strategic Response manager told me that most of the world outside the West was indeed the Wild West and that I was the part-time dictator,” Zhang described.

The power of Facebook has been the cause of many complaints, some of them very consistent, such as the systematic blocking of certain types of accounts, especially of the followers of President Donald Trump.

On the other hand, Facebook would privilege movements it favors, such as the case of Black Lives Matter (BLM) and the riots it leads in the United States. Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook, made significant donations to BLM, as did Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.

In June, many advertising companies boycotted Facebook. After Unilever PLC and Verizon Communications Inc. joined the advertising boycott, even its stock fell for not doing enough to stop hate speech on their platforms.

According to Fortune, to appease its customers, Facebook said it would remove threatening ads that targeted specific groups of people as sources of risk.