Tag: employee

06
Oct
2020
Posted in website

Citigroup fires employee who ran QAnon conspiracy theory website

  • Citigroup has fired an employee who ran a website dedicated to QAnon, the far-right conspiracy theory alleging that President Donald Trump is fighting a cabal of human traffickers. 
  • Jason Gelinas, a New Jersey employee of the company, was previously put on paid leave when Logically.ai reported that he operated QMap.pub, a main aggregator of “Q drops,” the messages that are the foundation of the conspiracy theory. 
  • Gelinas’ QAnon website earned 10 million monthly visitors, according to the analytics firm SimilarWeb.  
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Citigroup has fired an employee who ran a popular website dedicated to the QAnon conspiracy theory, Bloomberg News first reported on Tuesday. 

Jason Gelinas, a New Jersey man who worked at Citigroup as an information technology specialist, operated the website QMap.pub, which recently earned 10 million average monthly views, according to data from SimilarWeb, a digital analytics firm. 

A spokesperson for Citigroup told Insider, “Mr. Gelinas is no longer employed by Citi. Our code of conduct includes specific policies that employees are required to adhere to, and when breaches are identified, the firm takes action.”

QAnon — the baseless far-right conspiracy theory that claims President Donald Trump is secretly fighting a “deep state” cabal of satanic pedophiles — is based on cryptic messages left by an anonymous figure called “Q” on 8kun, an anonymous message board formerly known as 8chan. 

Gelinas had previously been put on paid leave after the fact-checking website Logically.ai reported his ties to QAnon on September 10. The website was taken down soon after the publication of the Logically.ai report. 

It’s also possible that Gelinas had ties to 8kun, as the two websites shared an IP address, according to research by Fredrick Brennan, the founder of 8chan. 

QMap.pub aggregated “Q drops,” or the anonymous posts by “Q,” and spread

05
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

Amazon employee arrested, charged with issuing $96,500 in fake refunds

  • An ex-Amazon employee was arrested and charged with fraud last week after the company reported him to the FBI, Amazon said on Monday.
  • The Amazon employee, Vu Ang Nguyen, is charged with wire fraud and identity theft by federal prosecutors, who say in court documents that Nguyen used his position to issue $96,508 in fraudulent refunds to himself and friends.
  • Nguyen worked as a selling support associate for Amazon.com based in Tempe, Arizona, which gave him the power to manually authorize refund requests.
  • Last month, a different Amazon employee was charged by the SEC with making $1.4 million from insider trading while working as a finance manager for the company.
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A former Amazon employee has been arrested by federal authorities and charged with committing wire fraud and identity theft, the company disclosed Monday.

Vu Ang Nguyen, who worked as an Amazon selling support associate in Tempe, Arizona, was arrested by the FBI after Amazon reported him to the authorities in July, the company said. Nguyen is charged with fraudulently issuing $96,508 in refunds to himself and others.

As a selling support associate, Nguyen had the power to manually issue refunds to buyers doing business on Amazon.com, according to the criminal complaint against him. Prosecutors accuse Nguyen of using eight fake buyer accounts to purchase expensive computers and electronics before issuing more than 300 refunds to the accounts, funneling the money to himself and his associates without returning the electronics.

Nguyen was caught after the buyer accounts were detected, Amazon said, and prosecutors said that digital records show that he carried out the transactions from Amazon’s own office while at work. After ignoring multiple questions from Amazon about the suspicious activity, Nguyen resigned in March, according to the complaint. Amazon then reported him to

30
Sep
2020
Posted in technology

Glassdoor launches employee reviews for diversity and inclusion practices at companies

Glassdoor is now letting employees write diversity and inclusion reviews for companies in a way to make employers more transparent. Employees will be able to rate and review companies on how they treat employees based on race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, and other underrepresented groups.

In a poll, Mill Valley, California-based Glassdoor, which has ratings on more than a million companies, found that job seekers and employees trust the employees already working at a company when it comes to understanding the state of diversity and inclusion at a company. Glassdoor said that 76% of job seekers and employees today report that a diverse workforce is an important factor when evaluating companies and job offers. The company said these new features are part of its public commitment to leveraging its product and resources to help achieve equity in and out of the workplace.

The Glassdoor survey was conducted by The Harris Poll. It found that job seekers and employees report that disparities still exist within companies with respect to experiences with and perceptions of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace. The company undertook the effort after this year’s racial unrest.

“In recent months, many of Glassdoor’s more than 50 million users have been telling us they want more insight into what the current state of diversity & inclusion is like at a company,” Scott Dobroski, spokesman for Glassdoor, wrote in an email. “Then, after the murder of George Floyd, we saw employee reviews talking about diversity, racial justice, and related topics rise by 63% on Glassdoor.”

Because of this, the company knew people wanted more data. “We believe we have a responsibility as a platform and as an employer to help drive equity in society, and we can help to create more equitable workplaces,” Dobroski said.

Job seekers and

29
Sep
2020
Posted in technology

Coinbase head draws scorn and praise for anti employee activism post

  • Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong wrote in a blog post over the weekend that corporate activism was a “distraction” from his company’s mission of increasing global access to cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin.
  • Mentioning charged topics like the police killing of Breonna Taylor and the upcoming presidential election, Armstrong implied that employees who wanted their company to be focused on social issues should find work elsewhere.
  • Some in the startup and venture capital world were outraged, pointing out that Armstrong tweeted “Black Lives Matter” in June.
  • Others cheered Armstrong, like investor Paul Graham.
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The CEO of cryptocurrency broker Coinbase Brian Armstrong stirred outrage and praise from Silicon Valley over the weekend by coming out with a hard line against employee activism at work in a Medium post Sunday.

Mentioning hot-button issues like the police shooting of Breonna Taylor and the upcoming U.S. election, Armstrong said he wanted Coinbase to be “laser focused on achieving its mission.” Coinbase facilitates financial transactions in cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum, with an aim of spreading access to them across the globe. Armstrong characterized anything else besides that core mission as “a distraction.”

“We’ve seen what internal strife at companies like Google and Facebook can do to productivity,” Armstrong wrote, “and there are many smaller companies who have had their own challenges here. I believe most employees don’t want to work in these divisive environments.”

Armstrong strongly implied that Coinbase employees unhappy with his anti-activism stance would be better off not working there.

“But for some employees, working at an activism focused company may be core to what they want, and we want to prompt that conversation with their manager to help them get to a better place. Life is too short to work somewhere that you aren’t excited about, and