Monday, July 22, 2024

Facebook Drains Phone Batteries for Testing, Say Former Employee

Meta An erstwhile employee of Facebook has gone on record stating that Facebook intentionally drains batteries of cell phones.

At a time when tech names are facing ample criticism thanks to the massive layoffs they are initiating, an ex employee has made startling revelations.

What the scoop is?

An erstwhile employee of Facebook has gone on record stating that Facebook intentionally drains batteries of cell phones. This rumor bad been in circulation earlier too with the Facebook apps and Messenger being the villains. With these latest claims from George Hayward, former Facebook data scientist, this “negative testing” might actually have been a real thing all this while. The term is a coinage of NY Times and if reports are to be believed, the concept lets companies secretly run batteries down on a phone in a bid to test on features of an app or for seeing images loading.

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Hayward had been fired from Meta supposedly for refusing to be part of negative testing. He has added that data isnt meant for harming people after all.

Hayward has also filed a lawsuit against Meta at the Manhattan Federal Court. He had worked on the Messenger app. In his lawsuit, it has been pointed out how draining user smartphone batteries bring up risks “in circumstances where they need to communicate with others, including but not limited to police or other rescue workers.”

Social apps such as Facebook Messenger may intentionally drain the batteries on user smartphones.

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Summing up

This suit was withdrawn thanks to the terms of employment of Meta. Howard had been hired around 2019, and after a while, the company showed Hayward the training document named, “How to run thoughtful negative tests.”

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Satarupa Bhattacharya
Satarupa Bhattacharya
Satarupa B. Kaur has been writing professionally since a decade now. Always on the go; she loves to travel, books, playtime with her toddler--as she explores new places, amazing food and anything tech!

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