On Wednesday, October 10th, an engineer at Facebook announced his resignation stating the company culture is one that operators on groupthink, uses appeasement as a PR strategy, and constantly attacks conservative views. The engineer, Brian Amerige, wrote —
“I’m leaving because I’m burnt out on Facebook, our strategy, our culture, and our product. […] I care too deeply about our role in supporting free expression and intellectual diversity to even whole-heartedly attempt the product stuff anymore, and that’s how I knew it’s time to go.”
Amerige officially leaves the company on Friday, the 12th of October. This resignation comes before Facebook banned almost 800 pages and accounts it deemed as “fake”, most of which held conservative viewpoints, which raises eyebrows considering the closeness of midterm elections. Brian Amerige’s resignation comes after he wrote another internal memo in August calling the company out for mob-like attacks on those who don’t ascribe to the political left’s agenda.
“We are a political monoculture … quick to attack — often in mobs — anyone who presents a view that appears to be in opposition to left-leaning ideology.”
His memo inspired an internal group, called “FB’ers for Political Diversity”, to be created and is a place where conservative employees can discuss the company’s political practices. According to Business Insider, some Facebook employees have allegedly refused to work with others because of their political beliefs.
To top it all off, in March, Facebook’s chief security officer Alex Stamos left the company over disagreements about how the company should deal with Russian disinformation spread through the social network.
Since Facebook’s partnering with multiple leftist organizations, in order to target alleged “fake news”, it’s no surprise these resignations are taking place.