jwz: Facebook fires worker who refused to do ‘negative testing’

February 6, 2023

jwz: Facebook fires worker who refused to do ‘negative testing’:

The practice, known as “negative testing,” allows tech companies to “surreptitiously” run down someone’s mobile juice in the name of testing features […]

“I said to the manager, ‘This can harm somebody,’ and she said by harming a few we can help the greater masses,” said Hayward, 33, who claims in a Manhattan Federal Court lawsuit that he was fired in November for refusing to participate in negative testing. […]

“Any data scientist worth his or her salt will know, ‘Don’t hurt people,'” he told The Post.

Killing someone’s cellphone battery puts people at risk, especially “in circumstances where they need to communicate with others, including but not limited to police or other rescue workers,” according to the litigation filed against Facebook.

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