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By Newsgram Staff Writer

What started off as a casual venture in a small hostel room has now moved to a 4,30,000 sq ft complex in California. Social networking site Facebook shifted to the sprawling space recently that has been designed by Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry.

The new Facebook building, called MPK 20, boasts of sweeping murals and art installations, along with a nine-acre roof garden.

Fifteen local artists, including famous sculpture-maker Evan Shively, have already contributed to MPK 20 and more are to follow. The roof, about 70 feet up, offers a winding walk through nine acres of complete greenery.

According to architect Gehry, “Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg wanted a space that was unassuming, matter-of-fact and cost effective.” Gehry added, “He did not want it overly designed.”

The interior is one giant space – a kind of space that can be used for creative exchange.

“It reinforces our open and transparent culture,” John Tenanes, Facebook Vice President of global real estate, was quoted as saying.

Though it stands on the other side of an expressway, the new building is meant as an extension of the company’s current headquarters.

Whether it is just working in the Number 1 social media company or spending the day at a magnificently breathtaking garden, the 2,800 Facebook employees have yet another reason to hit the “Like” button.

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Facebook Loses its Place in Glassdoor’s ‘Best Places to Work’ List

The Top-100 list by Glassdoor is for large organisations or those with at least 1,000 employees. It bases its rankings on eight factors, including work/life balance, compensation and benefits and senior management, among others

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The social media application, Facebook is displayed on Apple's App Store, July 30, 2019. VOA

Mired in several controversies amid break-up calls from the US lawmakers, Facebook has once again slipped off Glassdoor’s “Best Places to Work” list for a second year in a row.

Facebook dropped to 23rd best place to work, falling 16 spots from last year’s position, and its award score fell from a 4.5 to 4.4 out of a perfect 5, according to the annual listing by the leading job website.

The top three spots are occupied by leading growth platform HubSpot, management consultancy firm Bain & Company and market leader in electronic signatures DocuSign, respectively.

Among the tech companies, Google is at 11th spot, LinkedIn at 12th, Microsoft at 21st, Salesforce at 34th, VMware at 36th, Adobe at 39th, Cisco at 77th, Accenture at 83th and Apple at 84th (the Cupertino-based iPhone maker slipped 13 spots from the last year’s list).

Amazon once again failed to enter the list of 100.

For Facebook, 2019 has been bad on the diplomatic front. Several US Senators have called for breaking up the social network amid repeated data breaches and privacy violations on the platform.

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Facebook has failed to comply with the subpoenas for more information related to the ongoing privacy investigation into its alleged privacy violations and Cambridge Analytica, the media has reported. Pixabay

Democratic presidential candidate Senator Kamala Harris has stressed that authorities should take a serious look at breaking up Facebook as the social network platform is a “utility that has gone unregulated”.

Another Democratic 2020 candidate Senator Elizabeth Warren has also stressed upon the possibility of breaking up Facebook.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, however, rejected these calls, saying the size of the social media giant was actually a benefit to its users and the security of the democratic process.

Zuckerberg has promised his employees to “fight and win” if Democratic presidential hopeful Warren wins the 2020 election and moves forward with her stated plan to break up the big US tech firms.

Also Read: Here’s What India’s Privacy Bill Requires from Social Media Firms

The company in July agreed to pay record-breaking $5 billion to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) as fine for users’ privacy violations in the Cambridge Analytica data scandal involving millions of users.

The US FTC is also investigating Facebook for potential monopolistic practices.

The Top-100 list by Glassdoor is for large organisations or those with at least 1,000 employees. It bases its rankings on eight factors, including work/life balance, compensation and benefits and senior management, among others. (IANS)