- From corporate malfeasance to freak accidents, the 2010s were full of scandals that rocked the tech industry.
- The amount of power and capital concentrated in Silicon Valley has skyrocketed over the past ten years, as has the frequency of reported abuses of power.
- Tech giants including Facebook, Apple, and Google had to address incidents that rocked public trust in their companies. Today, people are perhaps more skeptical of big tech than ever before.
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As the tech and information industries boomed in the 2010s, the decade was also rocked by scandals across both industries.
Tech companies are increasingly at the center of political and social issues in the US and across the globe, and the past 10 years saw a wave of abuses of power, failed business ventures, and disastrous gadget rollouts.
Facebook, Apple, and Google — some of the most powerful tech companies in existence — were the most frequent sites of scandal. However, startups and fringe organizations saw their share of infamy over the past ten years as well. And then there were the NSA spying revelations from whistleblower Edward Snowden.
Here are the biggest tech scandals from 2010 to the present.