Brian Ameriage, a Facebook engineer announced his resignation Wednesday, decrying the company culture as one that operates on groupthink, uses appeasement as a PR strategy, and attacks conservative views.
“I’m leaving because I’m burnt out on Facebook, our strategy, our culture, and our product,” Brian Amerige wrote in an internal message to company employees, adding that Facebook’s PR strategy is “appeasement — not morally earned pride and self-defense,” according to Business Insider.
“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 know it’s time to go,” Amerige also wrote. “We are a political monoculture that’s intolerant of different views,” wrote senior Facebook engineer and group cofounder Brian Amerige in a post, The NYT added. “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.”
Amerige’s post continues to criticize Facebook’s emphasis on racial and gender diversity and how it, along with the company’s overt liberal bias, threatens the “viability as a company.”
Facebook banned a dissenting conservative group in December 2016, Business Insider reported in August 2017. The group, “Facebook Anon,” was an anonymous group chat for supporters of then-candidate Donald Trump. It was shut down for violating Facebook’s policies against anonymous accounts, but Business Insider reported that the talks “turned ugly and … alarmed management.”
Amerige’s post echoes similar concerns of a memo former Google engineer James Damore wrote in August 2017 that criticized Google’s “ideological echo chamber,” .
“[W]e tear down posters welcoming Trump supporters. We regularly propose removing [tech investor Peter] Thiel from our board because he supported Trump,” Amerige wrote. “We’re quick to suggest firing people who turn out to be misunderstood, and even quicker to conclude our colleagues are bigots.” Source: DailyCaller