Mark Zuckerberg, CEO and founder of Facebook, faced a barrage of criticism from shareholders and calls to change the “company’s governance” during a recent annual meeting, The Guardian reports.
Christine Jantz, one of the shareholders who attended, blasted Facebook’s stockholder voting structure, which effectively allows Zuckerberg to control the majority of voting power in the company without owning the majority of its stock, because his shares have more voting power than those of regular investors.
"If privacy is a human right, as stated by Microsoft’s CEO, then we contend that Facebook’s poor stewardship of customer data is tantamount to a human rights violation,” she added.
Another shareholder also declared that "shareholder democracy is already lacking at Facebook" before her microphone was turned off.
Will Lana, who represented Trillium Asset Management, said that his company had identified "at least 15 distinct controversies" Facebook is currently facing, stating that "the proof of the current structure’s inadequacies is on display in the current headlines."
In response, Zuckerberg said that Facebook management takes “a broader view” of its responsibility to "everyone" they serve and discussed "the company’s various initiatives to increase advertising transparency, improve content moderation, and prevent interference in elections," the newspaper added.
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg also added that the company would adopt a "diverse slate approach" when choosing members of the board of directors, which is expected to improve the chances of candidates from "underrepresented groups."
During his testimony in front of the European Parliament, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg also confirmed that the social network had collected the data of non-Facebook users "for security purposes."
The social media titan has faced widespread outrage since it emerged earlier this year that a political consulting firm, Cambridge Analytica had obtained a large amount of the social network’s user data via a third-party application. The information was allegedly used to help target political advertising.