Former Facebook employee sues Meta for $3 million, alleging he was fired for exposing

Former Facebook employee and military veteran is suing Meta for $3 million, alleging he was fired for exposé after the social media giant “shared deleted user messages with law enforcement.”

  • Brennan Lawson filed a lawsuit against Meta Platforms Inc. on Tuesday
  • He claims he was fired in 2019 after expressing concerns about the new “protocol”.
  • Lawson claims that internal protocol allowed moderators to retrieve deleted messages in Messenger.
  • Meta told DailyMail.com that the claims are unfounded.

Former facebook employee accuses Meta ‘Whistleblower retaliation’ platforms claiming he was wrongfully fired in 2019 after voicing concerns about ‘new protocol’.

Brennan Lawson (pictured) filed a lawsuit Tuesday, alleging he was fired after he questioned a “protocol” that allowed moderators to retrieve deleted messages on Messenger.

Brennan Lawson filed a lawsuit Tuesday, alleging he was fired after he questioned the “protocol” that allowed him and his team to receive deleted messages on Messenger.

A spokesperson for Meta told DailyMail.com: “These allegations are baseless and we will vigorously defend against them.”

Lawson, who allegedly worked as a senior risk escalation and response specialist, said “a Facebook manager introduced a new tool to the escalation team” in late 2018, “according to a lawsuit seen by DailyMail.com.

“The protocol was introduced by Ashley McHugh, who created a server protocol that the team began using to access remote user data.”

The paper explains that one use case was to provide law enforcement with deleted messages from specific users.

“Law enforcement asked questions about the suspect’s use of the platform, such as who the suspect sent messages to, when the messages were sent, and even what the messages contained,” the lawsuit says.

“To keep Facebook in the good graces of the government, the escalation team will use an internal protocol to provide responses to law enforcement and then determine how much data will be shared.”

Lawson, who is also a US Air Force veteran, filed a lawsuit in California on Tuesday saying he is suing Meta Platforms Inc. over $3 million in damages plus punitive damages.

Lawson, who is also a US Air Force veteran, filed a lawsuit in California on Tuesday saying he is suing Meta Platforms Inc.  over $3 million in damages plus punitive damages

Lawson, who is also a US Air Force veteran, filed a lawsuit in California on Tuesday saying he is suing Meta Platforms Inc. over $3 million in damages plus punitive damages

The document goes on to explain that one use case was to provide law enforcement with deleted messages from specific users.

The document goes on to explain that one use case was to provide law enforcement with deleted messages from specific users.

DailyMail.com contacted Lawson and has yet to receive a response.

The alleged tool, which “was launched around November or December 2018,” was a workaround to avoid established rules that prevent Facebook employees from accessing deleted messages.

Lawson claimed that he and his team could have accessed “any Messenger story, including the kids on Messenger for Kids,” the lawsuit says.

Lawson allegedly “immediately became legally concerned,” not only because his ability to access deleted user data, but also conflicted with a 2012 Federal Trade Commission (FTC) order that prohibited Facebook from misrepresenting its ability to control the privacy of its users’ personal data. Information.

The problem, according to the lawsuit, is that Facebook has repeatedly said it cannot access such data.

Lawson, who is also a US Air Force veteran, filed a lawsuit in California on Tuesday saying he is suing Meta Platforms Inc.  over $3 million in damages plus punitive damages

Lawson, who is also a US Air Force veteran, filed a lawsuit in California on Tuesday saying he is suing Meta Platforms Inc. over $3 million in damages plus punitive damages

After the meeting, Lawson realized he was on “shaky ground” for voicing his concerns, and feared he would be fired if he continued to stand his ground.

He received a poor performance rating, which he said was invalid, and was overcome by stress over a possible layoff.

Lawson claims that on June 19, 2010, he spent time in the hospital with severe abdominal pain and a fever of over 100 degrees Fahrenheit due to anxiety.

He was fired on July 10, 2019 for “alleged misuse of one of Facebook’s user administration tools a few months earlier.”

The lawsuit says Lawson was told it was because he didn’t use proper protocol when recovering his grandmother’s account, which was hacked earlier this year.

DailyMail.com has not confirmed these allegations.