As if we needed any more confirmation that Facebook was attempting to sabotage the American freedom of speech, a group of the network’s employees are now lashing out as well.
Given the work being done by Facebook to undermine the nation’s conservative viewpoint on the world wide web, the social network has come under rightly fire in recent days from the President and the press alike. Their outright censorship of conservative voices is not unlike the Nazi book burning of the 1930’s and 40’s, but the left leaning millennials of the nation have fallen under that spell.
Now, a group within the world’s most popular website are wising up to the ploy, and vowing to seek justice when it comes to how the network operates.
The post went up quietly on Facebook’s internal message board last week. Titled “We Have a Problem With Political Diversity,” it quickly took off inside the social network.
“We are a political monoculture that’s intolerant of different views,” Brian Amerige, a senior Facebook engineer, wrote in the post, which was obtained by The New York Times. “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.”
Since the post went up, more than 100 Facebook employees have joined Mr. Amerige to form an online group called FB’ers for Political Diversity, according to two people who viewed the group’s page and who were not authorized to speak publicly. The aim of the initiative, according to Mr. Amerige’s memo, is to create a space for ideological diversity within the company.
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.
This is certainly not the impression that we have received about life at Facebook in the past, in which Mark Zuckerberg’s cultural experiment seemed gung-ho about the idea of purging conservative news from the “trending topics” section.
Of course, as that move proved increasingly controversial, Facebook conveniently removed the widget altogether.