When Facebook was accused of influencing the election that brought Donald Trump to the presidency, Mark Zuckerberg immediately began damage control.
His idea was to form a new company where he could continue to explore all the technology and breakthrough ideas he has.
The problem is that he keeps trying to push a centrist politics that will definitely alienate parts of the community he's trying to build.
With the annulment of Roe vs. Wade last Friday, countless businesses sided with women's rights to choose on such an important personal decision as having a child.
Meta silences employees on abortion
Inside the Meta company, The New York Times reports that employees are being silenced by this important conversation.
A Times report revealed that Meta is allegedly telling its workers to discuss the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade is strictly prohibited.
They even got to a point where messages that violate this policy are completely removed from team chats.
Employee revealed on LinkedIn what happens inside Meta
To add insult to injury, a Meta software engineer spilled the beans on LinkedIn by stating directly that this policy does not allow any discussion of abortion.
His name is Ambroos Vaes and he is not silent on such a serious matter, this is what he wrote on LinkedIn:
"On our internal Workplace platform, moderators are quick to remove posts or comments that mention abortion."
Meta/Facebook employees are being reminded of a policy not to discuss abortion on companywide channels on Friday. Managers are being told the company to be empathetic to distressed employees but to remain neutral. https://t.co/4jwVbKElFt— Ryan Mac 🙃 (@RMac18) June 24, 2022
The measure had been imposed since May
But this policy was placed by Meta since The New York Times on May 12 rescued a memorandum sent to all employees that explicitly prohibited all conversations about abortion.
This policy resulted in a large number of complaints from concerned employees to the human resources department.
Meta previously allowed these discussions to take place internally , but banned them on the grounds that they caused "significant workplace disruption given the unique legal complexities and number of people affected by the issue."
But after last Friday's ruling, the company did confirm that it would reimburse travel expenses for women working in red states who choose to travel to different states for abortions.
On such complicated topics, open conversation should always be encouraged . Is Meta making a mistake with this ban?