Conservative Facebook employees form group to challenge liberal culture within the company

The New York Times is reporting that more than 100 Facebook employees have joined an internal group to challenge the liberal culture inside the company.

Brian Amerige, an employee with Facebook,  provided the Times with a copy of a message posted to an internal online message board that read: “We are a political monoculture that’s intolerant of different views. We claim to welcome all perspectives, but are quick to attack — often in mobs — anyone who presents a view that appears to be in opposition to left-leaning ideology.”

From the Times:

The new group has upset other Facebook employees, who said its online posts were offensive to minorities. One engineer, who declined to be identified for fear of retaliation, said several people had lodged complaints with their managers about FB’ers for Political Diversity and were told that it had not broken any company rules.

Another employee said the group appeared to be constructive and inclusive of different political viewpoints. Mr. Amerige did not respond to requests for comment.

The activity is a rare sign of organized dissent within Facebook over the company’s largely liberal workplace culture. While the new group is just a sliver of Facebook’s work force of more than 25,000, the company’s workers have in the past appeared less inclined than their peers at other tech companies to challenge leadership, and most have been loyalists to its chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg.

Facebook has faced  criticism lately for the way they’ve handled some conservative
content. Earlier this year, Diamond and Silk accused Facebook of censoring their content
after the site deemed them a danger to the public. Facebook later apologized for how
they handled the matter.

Other conservative personalities, like Indiana’s Chicks on the Right, say their Facebook
posts don’t show up on their followers pages and that Facebook is actually unliking their
page for people, so they’ve created a group people can join so they don’t miss any of their
posts.

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Will be interesting to see how this internal cultural shift impacts Facebook in the long run.

 

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