Former Facebook data scientist turned whistleblower Sophie Zhang, who was fired from the social media giant last year, turned down a $64,000 severance package that would have bought her silence, according to a new report.
In a rare interview with MIT Technology Review, an independent publication owned by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Zhang revealed new details about trading her career for her beliefs to expose allegations of worldwide political manipulation.
“I was the only one in this position of responsibility from the start,” she told the magazine. “And someone had to take the responsibility and do the utmost to protect people.”
But while it was her job to uncover such activity, she had no way to crack down on it once she found it, she said.
“Everyone agreed that it was terrible,” she told the publication. “No one could agree who should be responsible, or even what should be done.”
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