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Facebook Accessed Deleted User Data, Fired Screener Claims

  • Lawson claims in lawsuit he was fired for questioning protocol
  • Ex-Facebook employee seeks more than $3 million in damages
The Facebook logo reflected in a puddle at the company's headquarters in Menlo Park, California.

The Facebook logo reflected in a puddle at the company's headquarters in Menlo Park, California.

Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg
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A former Facebook content screener says he was fired for raising alarms about a company protocol allowing employees to resurrect data that users deleted.

Brennan Lawson sued Meta Platforms Inc., Facebook’s parent, Tuesday in California claiming he was informed about the new protocol during a staff meeting in late 2018 and immediately questioned its legality. Soon after, he said he was fired and remained unemployed for 18 months. He’s seeking more than $3 million in compensation plus punitive damages.