Facebook intensifies its war against leakers after the disclosure of whistleblower Frances Hogan. according to New York timesFacebook is directed to some internal groups that deal with “sensitive” issues such as safety and elections. The change, made to prevent further leaks, and leaks right away is a lot of fun and a symbol of some of the bigger issues the company is currently facing.
Since Haugen herself was the whistleblower, one of the most noteworthy aspects of her story was that the documents she submitted to Congress and the Securities and Exchange Commission were widely accessible to employees. The documents included slides detailing the company’s research on teens, as well as several memos about how the company deals with VIPs, and other thorny issues.
as times He points out that the reason these documents are so readily available is that Facebook has long had an open culture that encourages sharing. And employees themselves often take to their internal communications platform, Workplace, to discuss controversial issues facing the company.
But now the social network is moving away from that openness. According to the report, the company is making some internal groups private, and will remove employees “whose work has nothing to do with safety and security.” “Sensitive integrity discussions will occur in closed, coordinated forums in the future,” the company told employees in a note.
On the other hand, the fact that news of the change was immediately leaked seems to confirm that the company is in fact more leaky than it has been in years past. But it could also signal growing unrest among employees, some of whom are said to be concerned that firing teams working on important issues could ultimately do more harm than good.
It also highlights how much Facebook is still reeling from Haugen disclosures. In addition to last week’s Senate hearing, the select committee to investigate the January 6 mutiny is expected, in addition to investigating the company. It also appears that the Securities and Exchange Commission is its claims.
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