Conservative Facebook employees are working together to challenge what they perceive as an intolerant and liberal culture within the tech company.
A New York Times report Tuesday evening revealed that more than 100 conservative-leaning Facebook employees joined an online group called "FB’ers for Political Diversity."
The employees banded together after Brian Amerige, a senior Facebook engineer, shared an essay on the company's internal message board titled, "We Have a Problem With Political Diversity." The memo was posted Aug. 20.
A portion of the posting, the Times reported, stated, "We are a political monoculture that’s intolerant of different views. 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."
According to employees who wished to remain anonymous, the purpose of the online group — spurred on by Amerige's memo — is to cultivate a space for ideological diversity at Facebook.
A portion of the memo adds that employees are afraid to speak up for what they believe in for fear of being slapped with a label of being an -obe or -ist (i.e., xenophobe, misogynist).
"[Your colleagues] know that all the talk of 'openness to different perspectives' does not apply to causes of 'social justice,' immigration, 'diversity,' and 'equality,'" the memo continued, noting that you can "either keep quiet or sacrifice your reputation and career."
"These are not fears without cause," the memo continued, "because we tear down posters welcoming [President Donald] Trump supporters. We regularly propose removing [Peter] Thiel from our board because he supported Trump. We’re quick to suggest firing people who turn out to be misunderstood, and even quicker to conclude our colleagues are bigots. We have made 'All Lives Matter' a fireable offense."
Amerige continued by noting that this type of behavior is not OK and should not be accepted in either business culture or as the social norm.
"While the problem isn’t unique to us, entrusted by a great part of the world to be impartial and transparent carriers of people’s stories, ideas, and commentary," the memo added.
The memo concluded by pointing to the reason for the proposed group: "(a) to be a space where you can talk about these issues without fear of the mob, and in the process (b) to talk about how we can fix this."
You can read the full memo here.
What has been the response to the group?
The Times reported that some Facebook employees aren't happy with the newly formed group and have reportedly said that its posts had offended minorities.
One anonymous employee said that several workers had filed complaints about the group, but were reportedly told that the group had not violated any company policies.
The Times reported that Amerige did not respond to their request for comment.