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The social network will look into it, claims that he has discriminated against minorities and censorship of conservative opinions; Fox Business Network’s Deirdre Bolton reports.
A senior Facebook engineer called out what he called the “political monoculture” in an internal message board post, in which more than 100 colleagues and employees in an group that advocates for political diversity.
The group represents less than a half percent of the social media giant of the employees and the members are not necessary, even conservative. But they say that they are fed up with the way co-workers who do not toe the liberal line to be treated.
“We are a political monoculture that are intolerant of different views,” Brian Amerige, a senior Facebook engineer, wrote in the Aug. 20 post with the title “We Have a Problem With the Political Diversity” that was leaked to the New York Times. “We say that We welcome all perspectives, but are quick to attack, often in gangs—anyone who presents a view that seems to be, in contrast to left-leaning ideology.”
Since the post went, more than 100 workers have joined a group called FB-ers for Political Diversity. Although other Facebook employees allegedly complained that the group’s online posts were offensive to minorities, a source with knowledge of the situation told Fox News the group the intention is to make a constructive space and includes the people on the left and the right.
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Facebook has more than 25,000 inhabitants, and is, like most Silicon Valley companies, is seen as having a liberal culture. In May the company announced that the former Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl, a Republican, would lead an investigation into the allegations of anti-conservative bias on the social network.
The memo cites a wide range of interests, including the removal of posters welcoming supporters of President Trump, the attempts to Trump supporter Peter Thiel removed from Facebook’s board of directors, the fact that “All Life is a “fireable offense,” and Amerige itself called a “transphobe” for the call of Facebook’s corporate art “political radical.”
A source familiar with the incident said that Facebook’s culture is open and employees are encouraged to communicate freely in one of the tens of thousands of internal groups.
“On Day 1 of Facebook’s new hire orientation in Menlo Park, everyone will hear from our Chief Diversity Officer, about the importance of diversity and how respectful conversations with people who have different points of view,” Bertie Thomson, a Facebook spokesman, told Fox News.
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CEO Mark Zuckerberg publicly defended Thiel last year, and, in response to a legislator’s question about alleged anti-conservative bias, said he wanted Facebook to be a platform for all the ideas.”
Amerige the memo comes at a time when Zuckerberg’s company is facing scrutiny on a number of fronts.
Of the dissemination of misleading information on the platform by the Russians to the spread of hate and the accusations that the censored content of conservatives, Facebook is under fire for a large part of the past two years.
This latest incident comes in the midst of President Trump’s war of words against Google, Facebook and Twitter for allegedly being biased against cda—she tells this week to “be careful” and saying that they are “taking advantage of people.”
Google said in a previous statement that the search engine is “not used for the setting of a political agenda,” and the company does not bias results “in the direction of a political ideology.”
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However, the search giant has been sued by an ex-employee James Damore, who was fired after writing a memo that criticized Google’s diversity efforts.
Damore filed a class action lawsuit against the tech giant in January and told Fox Business that Google is engaged in “harassment and career sabotage of anyone who expresses a conservative position, and there is a constant shaming and the attacks against the white men in Silicon Valley.”
The dispute over the political arises a week before Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg is due to testify in a Senate hearing about the social media manipulation in the elections.
Amerige, who has worked at Facebook more than six years, believes in “Objectivism”, Ayn Rand philosophical system affect libertarians, who—among other tenets—says the moral purpose of life is the pursuit of the own happiness, that the individual rights should be respected, and that capitalism is the only moral social system.
Fox News reached Amerige for comment and update the story as needed.
The memo ends with the suggestion that colleagues make use of the new Facebook group a space where members of staff discuss the making of the tech behemoth “more tolerance and active-minded about the different political and ideological perspectives.
Christopher Carbone is a reporter and news editor covering science and technology for FoxNews.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @christocarbone.