This is not fake news.
THE NEW YORK TIMES HAS PRINTED A FACEBOOK EMPLOYEE’S INTERNAL MEMO CRITICIZING FACEBOOK’S RAMPANT LEFTIST BIAS.
Employees of Leftist media giant Facebook are starting to rebel against Facebook’s rampant Progressive bias against its own users and employees. And infamously Leftist newspaper The New York Times has printed an internal Facebook memo, calling it “a rare sign of organized dissent within Facebook over the company’s largely liberal workplace culture.” UNN at first thought this inconceivable progress towards rationality was fake news. No. It’s real. Nothing UNN could write about this good news could be as good as the memo itself, which invites employees to join a group against Facebook’s pro-Left mob mentality. Read it below.
“We Have a Problem with Political Diversity”
– by Brian Amerige, senior Facebook engineer (edited)
We are a political monoculture that’s intolerant of different views. We claim to welcome all perspectives, but we are quick to attack — often in mobs — anyone who presents a view that appears to be in opposition to Left-leaning ideology. We throw labels that end in –phobe and –ist at each other, attacking each other’s character rather than each other’s ideas.
We do this so consistently that employees are afraid to say anything when they disagree with what’s around them politically. Our Human Resources department has told me that this is not a rare concern, and I’ve personally gotten over 100 messages to that effect. Our colleagues are afraid because they know that they — not their ideas — will be attacked. They know that all the talk of “openness to different perspectives” does not apply to the Left’s causes of social justice, immigration, diversity, and equality. On these issues, you can either keep quiet or sacrifice your reputation and career.
These are not fears without cause. Why? Because we tear down posters welcoming Trump supporters. We regularly propose removing Peter Thiel from our board because he supported Trump. We’re quick to suggest firing people who turn out to be misunderstood, and even quicker to conclude that our colleagues are bigots. We have made “All Lives Matter” a fireable offense. We put Palmer Luckey through a witch hunt because he paid for anti-Hillary ads. We write each other ad-hoc feedback in the PSC tool for having “offensive” ideas. For those who dare to criticize Islam’s human rights record, we ask Human Resources to investigate them for creating a non-inclusive environment. And they called me a transphobe when I called out our corporate art for being politically radical.
WHY THIS MATTERS
This is not okay. Not just for our internal culture, but for our own viability as a company. While the problem isn’t unique to us, we are entrusted by a great part of the world to be impartial and transparent carriers of people’s stories, ideas, and commentary. Congress doesn’t think we can do this. President Trump doesn’t think we can do this. And like them or not, we deserve their criticism. We are blind to and dismissive of what people beyond our walls (let alone even within our walls) think about complex issues that matter. I’ve been here for six-and-a-half years, and this has gotten exponentially worse in the last two years.
FB’ers for Political Diversity
I don’t know how to fix this problem on my own. What I do know is that these issues can’t be fixed if we continue to be isolated and silent. So that’s what this group is for: (a) to be a space where you can talk about these issues without fear of the mob, and in the process (b) to talk about how we can fix this.
If you’re interested in helping make Facebook a company that’s more tolerant and active-minded about different political and ideological perspectives, join FB’ers for Political Diversity.
There’s only going to be one core rule in the group, and it’s that if you attack a person’s character, rather than their ideas, you will be banned.
Let’s see where this goes.