A brave Facebook engineer wrote an internal memo criticizing the company for its intolerance towards conservative viewpoints, confirming the company’s leftwing bias.
“We are a political monoculture that’s intolerant of different views,” said Brian Amerige in a post titled “We Have A Problem With Political Diversity.”
“We are a political monoculture that’s intolerant of different views,” Amerige alleged. “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. We throw labels that end in *obe and *ist at each other, attacking each other’s character rather than their ideas.”
The memo is reminiscent of the one written by former Google employee James Damore, who criticized the internet giant for being an “ideological echo chamber.” Damore is politically neutral, but his memo turned him into a conservative folk hero.
Amerige bashed Facebook’s culture in a similar way – one where employees who might be hold political views right of Stalin are forced to shut up or risk losing their livelihood.
“We do this so consistently that employees are afraid to say anything when they disagree with what’s around them politically,” he wrote “HR has told me that this is not a rare concern, and I’ve personally gotten over a hundred messages to that effect. Your 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 causes of “social justice,” immigration, “diversity”, and “equality.” On this issues, you can either keep quiet or sacrifice your reputation and career.”
Amerige also revealed that Facebook employees often call for the removal of Silicon Valley titan Peter Thiel from removal of its board because he supported President Donald J. Trump, and that saying “All Lives Matter” is a fireable offense.
Just consider the gravity of that statement for a second.
“This is not okay,” Amerige continued. “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. The President doesn’t think we can do this. And like them or not, we deserve that 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 nearly 6.5 years and this has gotten exponentially worse in the last 2.”
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