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Though rarely a day goes by without some new negative story about Facebook's misdeeds - whether it's pertaining to data privacy, it's inability to root out fake (and possibly foreign influenced) accounts, or some other scandal - it appears Buzzfeed and Business Insider dropped a pair of embarrassing reports apparently timed to coincide with Thursday's meeting.
First, Business Insider reported (and NBC News later confirmed) that Zuckerberg's personal security chief - a former secret service agent who served under President Obama - had been accused of sexual harassment, as well as making racist and homophobic remarks, including using racist slurs to describe Zuckerberg's wife, Priscilla Chan, who is Asian-American.
Allegations - Service - Agent - Liam - Booth
The allegations against former secret service agent Liam Booth were brought by former members of Zuckerberg's household staff.
Booth has been placed 'on leave' while the Zuckerberg family investigates the allegations.
Lawyers - Employees - Member - Zuckerberg - Household
Lawyers representing the employees - a former member of Zuckerberg's household staff and a former executive assistant to Booth - sent letters regarding the allegations to the law firm that represents the companies that provide security for the Zuckerberg family, according to Business Insider.
Booth has been placed on administrative leave while the Zuckerberg family conducts an investigation into the allegations, according to Ben LaBolt, a spokesperson for the Chan Zuckerberg family office. Booth could not immediately be reached for comment by NBC News.
Allegations - Liam - Booth - Office - Attention
"The allegations against Liam Booth were brought to the office’s attention for the first time by The Bloom Firm after both former employees had left employment by the family office and engaged legal counsel," he continued. "As soon as The Bloom Firm presented these allegations, the family office engaged Munger, Tolles & Olson, an outside law firm, to conduct an investigation of all allegations made by The Bloom Firm to determine whether the claims have merit."
"The investigation is ongoing," said LaBolt....
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