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Facebook had recently taken out on ad on Apple in which they criticized an upcoming feature in iOS that would give users the option of preventing apps from tracking them across other apps and websites. The company claims that this could affect small businesses who might rely on targeted ads to bring attention to their business and products.
However, it seems that despite Facebook’s attack on Apple, not all of Facebook’s employees are convinced that Facebook believes what they’re saying. This is according to a report from BuzzFeed News who obtained internal comments from Facebook employees, in which some are questioning Facebook’s decision and real intentions behind the ad.
According to a Facebook engineer, “It feels like we are trying to justify doing a bad thing by hiding behind people with a sympathetic message.” Another Facebook employee wrote, “The only thing I’m hearing, again and again, is ‘this is bad for the businesses,’ and I’d really like someone at the top to explicitly say, ‘People are better off if they don’t know what we’re doing, if we don’t have to explain ourselves to them, if they don’t get a choice to opt in or opt out of our practices, if we obscure it as much as possible behind interesting features and then get them to accept surreptitious tracking on the back end as long as we downplay it.”
In a statement made to the publication, Facebook spokesperson Ashley Zandy said, “Since launching this effort we have heard from small businesses literally around the world who are worried about how these changes could hurt their businesses. Because this is such a critical time for [small- and medium-sized businesses], we will continue to share those stories with the public and our employees.”