1. Facebook’s Decision on Political Ads: Facebook faced immense controversy for its decision to allow political ads on its platform without fact-checking them, leading to concerns about the spread of misinformation in the 2020 US presidential elections.
2. WeWork’s IPO Failure: The failed initial public offering (IPO) of WeWork raised eyebrows due to the company’s questionable valuation and governance practices, raising concerns about the reliability of certain tech-based startups.
3. Boeing’s 737 Max Crisis: The grounding of Boeing’s 737 Max aircrafts after two fatal crashes raised questions about the company’s decision to prioritize profits over safety, resulting in significant reputational damage and financial losses.
4. Google’s Project Nightingale: Google faced backlash when it was revealed that the company had partnered with Ascension, one of the largest healthcare systems in the US, to collect and analyze patient data without proper consent, raising ethical and privacy concerns.
5. Amazon’s Tax Controversy: Amazon once again drew controversy when it was revealed that the company paid minimal taxes despite huge profits, leading to debates regarding tax avoidance by multinational corporations.
6. Uber’s Safety Concerns: Uber faced criticism over its handling of safety issues after multiple reports of assaults and safety incidents involving passengers and drivers. The controversy questioned Uber’s commitment to ensuring user safety.
7. Google’s Employee Protests: Google faced employee protests throughout the year in relation to various decisions, including the company’s handling of sexual misconduct cases and controversial projects like Project Dragonfly, a censored search engine for the Chinese market.
8. Juul’s Marketing Tactics: E-cigarette manufacturer Juul drew intense scrutiny for its marketing tactics, which allegedly targeted minors and contributed to a rise in youth vaping, resulting in regulatory crackdowns and lawsuits.
9. Volkswagen’s Dieselgate Settlement: Volkswagen’s continued fallout from the 2015 “Dieselgate” scandal, which involved cheating on emissions tests, resulted in significant financial settlements and ongoing legal battles, impacting the company’s reputation.
10. Facebook’s Libra Cryptocurrency: Facebook’s announcement of its cryptocurrency project, Libra, faced regulatory and governmental pushback due to concerns surrounding privacy, money laundering, and the potential impact on global financial systems.