Please know that in the next 12 months, I will be transitioning off of Facebook and social media general. These spaces have been co-opted.
“‘It appears that policy people have been intervening in fact-checks on behalf of *exclusively* right-wing publishers, to avoid them getting repeat-offender status,’ wrote another employee in the company’s internal ‘misinformation policy’ discussion group.
Individuals that spoke out about the apparent special treatment of right-wing pages have also faced consequences. In one case, a senior Facebook engineer collected multiple instances of conservative figures receiving unique help from Facebook employees, including those on the policy team, to remove fact-checks on their content. His July post was removed because it violated the company’s ‘respectful communication policy.’
After the engineer’s post was removed, the related internal ‘tasks’ he’d cited as examples of the alleged special treatment were made private and inaccessible to employees, according to a Workplace post from another employee.
‘Personally this makes me so angry and ashamed of this company,’ wrote the employee in support of their colleague.
The engineer joined the company in 2016 and most recently worked on Instagram. He left the company on Wednesday. One employee on an internal thread seen by BuzzFeed News said that they had received permission from the engineer to say that the dismissal ‘was not voluntary.'”
Image description: The Orange Menace’s face is unfortunately seen, but thankfully his bangs are not. Mouth pursed in butthole status, he’s looking ahead. On his face, a blue overlay of Mark Zukerberg’s profile.