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Facebook staff optimism plunges 32% as succession of scandals take their toll

By John Glenday | Reporter

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November 15, 2018 | 3 min read

Facebook employees are reportedly losing faith in their employer as a force for good in the world according to a leaked internal poll.

Following a succession of scandals over the past year from the Cambridge Analytica affair to fake news, all of which have shaken confidence in the ability of the social media powerhouse to do good.

A leaked internal poll of 29,000 staff found that just over half remained optimistic Facebook’s future, a dramatic 32% decline from a year earlier. Meanwhile, 53% of respondents remained of the belief that they were making the world better, masking a further fall of 19% from the figures recorded just one year ago.

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Facebook staff becoming increasingly pessimistic about the future

This withering from within prompted an acknowledgement from Facebook that recent months had been ‘difficult’ and that it was taking the issue seriously. A spokeswoman said: “It has been a difficult period, but every day we see people pulling together to learn the lessons of the past year and build a stronger company. Everyone at Facebook has a stake in our future and we are shipping great products and protecting the people who use them.”

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The biannual survey was conducted between April and October and subsequently leaked to The Wall Street Journal.

In September Facebook admitted that a network breach had exposed data for 50m members in the latest blow to rock the firm.

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