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Dozens at Facebook Unite to Challenge Its ‘Intolerant’ Liberal Culture

By Kate Conger and Sheera Frenkel  – Aug. 28, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO — 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.

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.

But over the past two years, Facebook has undergone a series of crises, including the spread of misinformation by Russians on its platform and the mishandling of users’ data. Facebook has also been accused of stifling conservative speech by President Trump and Senator Ted Cruz, Republican of Texas, among others. This month, the social network barred the far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, a move that critics seized on as further evidence that the company harbors an anti-conservative bias.

Photo: Facebook’s chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, told Congress this year that he wanted the company to “be a platform for all ideas.”Credit Tom Brenner/The New York Times

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  1. It’s about time Zuckerburg and the rest of the creep’s in the tech industry have to be fair to everyone.

  2. Let’s see if it can last. I just don’t understand how one group of people can preach against hate, but at the same time, use more hate than has been seen anywhere against a person that they don’t really know. So many people so full of hate based on what a political biased group has said without knowing the actual person. They can’t even see the reality of things. I don’t know President Trump personally and I think he makes mistakes and isn’t the best at getting what he means across, but at least I can say that I have tried to understand and try to see what he is trying to do. He’s been president for over a year and a half and has done pretty good. He’s made a few mistakes, but nothing that can’t be fixed. For the liberals: How many of you would be able to handle millions of people watching and critisizing every single thing you do? Most of you couldn’t. You would flip out and cry, “Why is the world against me?” Trump has stayed strong and continues to do his best for everyone. Everyone should look at what they do and ask themselves, “What if someone else was treating me like I treat them?” It’s amazing that everybody has suddenly become a political expert. I’m just thankful for those on whatever side they are on that treat others as they would like others to treat them. So much hatred pouring out of people showing their true colors. This whole thing about the border and families getting torn apart, as sad as that is, why didn’t Obama fix it when he was in office. He had 8 years to do something about it. 8 years to urge congress to fix the laws. Why isn’t anyone mad at Obama for not fixing it? What? I can’t hear over the hypocritical outrage… The same people that are complaining are the ones who told me that Trump couldn’t win and that I could take that to the bank. Well, that check bounced. Why should I believe anything else coming from those people. Facebook. I am here. Hear me roar!

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