FB Engineer Says The Social Media Giant Doesn’t Dig Conservatives – We’re Like, ‘Duh.’

Written by K. Walker on August 29, 2018

This bro has stones. He’s not just saying that Facebook doesn’t like conservatives, he’s revealing how badly behaved some of his colleagues are.

Brian Amerige, an engineer that has been with Facebook for over 6 years reveals that the bias at the social media company is so bad that colleagues ‘attack — often in mobs’ those that are not left-leaning.

In a move reminiscent of former Google employee, James Damore, Amerige posted an internal memo that details some of the bullying behavior by his left-leaning colleagues — pulling down Trump posters, demanding that Human Resources investigate anyone that criticizes Islam’s record on human rights, regular calls for the resignation of Trump supporter Peter Thiel from the Board of Directors, and making ‘All Lives Matter’ a ‘fireable offense’.

The New York Times has reported on Amerige’s memo and the Facebook group that it has inspired, ‘FB’ers for Political Diversity.’ The newly-minted group has garnered hundreds of members and is being criticized by some Facebook employees as offensive to minorities.

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Amerige is scathing in his criticism of Facebook’s ideological echo chamber in his memo.

‘We claim to welcome all perspectives,’ he writes, ‘but are quick to attack – often in mobs – anyone who presents a view that appears to be in opposition to left-leaning ideology.’

He says employees live in fear of challenging the norm, and claims that HR hears the same complaint often from other members of staff.

‘I’ve personally gotten over a hundred messages to that effect,’ he adds.

Amerige then gives the examples of Peter Thiel, an outspoken member of Facebook’s board and avid Trump supporter who regularly faces calls to resign.

While Zuckerberg held up Thiel as an example of the company’s inclusive nature to concerned Senators, that has not stopped staff targeting him, Amerige says.

He also says that Palmer Luckey, founder of Oculus, which makes virtual reality goggles, was put through a ‘witch hunt’ and forced out of his job once Facebook bought the company, for donating to an organization that made anti-Hillary memes.

Amerige said in his memo that the vitriol against those that challenge ‘progressive’ ideology has gotten exponentially worse in the last two years.

Even though he said difficult things in his memo, he says that he doesn’t have all the solutions. So, he created one. The Facebook group FB’ers for Political Diversity is a place to express views without fear of the leftist mob, and a place to discuss how to fix the culture problem at Facebook.

By the way, Amerige has been open with his conservative-leaning Objectivist philosophy.

Here he is at the Ayn Rand Institute discussing having a ‘Standard of Value’:

Amerige seems like a pretty sensible guy.

Here’s his Magnum Opus, the infamous memo, in full:

‘We Have a Problem with Political Diversity’ 

THE PROBLEM

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. We throw labels that end in *obe and *ist at each other, attacking each other’s character rather than their ideas.

We do this so consistently that employees are afraid to say anything when they disagree with what’s around them politically.HR has told me that this is not a rare concern, and I’ve personally gotten over a hundred messages to that effect. Your colleagues are afraid because they know that they — not their ideas — will be attacked. They know that all the talk of ‘openness to different perspectives’ does not apply to causes of ‘social justice,’ immigration, ‘diversity’, and ‘equality.’ On this issues, you can either keep quiet or sacrifice your reputation and career.

These are not fears without cause. Because we tear down posters welcoming Trump supporters. We regularly propose removing 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. We put Palmer Luckey through a witch hunt because he paid for anti-Hillary ads. We write each other ad-hoc feedback in the PSC tool for having ‘offensive’ ideas. We ask HR to investigate those who dare to criticize Islam’s human rights record for creating a ‘non inclusive environment.’ And they called me a transphobe when I called out our corporate art for being politically radical.

WHY THIS MATTERS

This is not okay. Not just for our internal culture, but for our own viability as a company. While the problem isn’t unique to us, we are entrusted by a great part of the world to be impartial and transparent carriers of people’s stories, ideas, and commentary. Congress doesn’t think we can do this. The President doesn’t think we can do this. And like them or not, we deserve that criticism. We are blind to and dismissive of what people beyond our walls (let alone even within our walls) think about complex issues that matter. I’ve been here for nearly 6.5 years and this has gotten exponentially worse in the last 2.

FB’ers for Political Diversity

I don’t know how to fix this problem on my own. What I do know is that these issues can’t be fixed if we continue to be isolated and silent. So that’s what this group is for: (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.

If you’re interested in helping make Facebook a company that’s more tolerant and active-minded about different political and ideological perspectives, join FB’ers for Political Diversity. 

There’s only going to be one core rule in the group, and it’s that if you attack a person’s character, rather than their ideas, you will be banned. Let’s see where this goes.

Source: Daily Mail

Well, let’s see what Facebook does with that.

The memo was revealed before Facebook’s CEO, Sheryl Sandberg, prepares to testify before Congress regarding the social media giant’s role in influencing the electoral process.

It is also timely as President Trump has called out Google for its biased search results, and he continues to hammer social media for the censorship of conservatives.

That’s what ‘freedom of speech’ means. It’s important to be able to know what ideas are out there and counter the bad ones.

That freedom is essential and a huge part of why the United States of America is the greatest country on Earth.

Leftists, however, disagree with conservatives on that point, too.

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ClashDaily's Associate Editor since August 2016. Self-described political junkie, anti-Third Wave Feminist, and a nightmare to the 'intersectional' crowd. Mrs. Walker has taken a stand against 'white privilege' education in public schools. She's also an amateur Playwright, occasional Drama teacher, and staunch defender of the Oxford comma. Follow her humble musings on Twitter: @TheMrsKnowItAll

 

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