Earlier we reported President Trump’s attack on Google, with his remarks later broadening to include Twitter and Facebook, accusing the Silicon Valley digital media giants of leftist bias and Google particularly of “rigging” search results by presenting only results, in his words, “from National Left-Wing Media.” He claimed “Google & others are suppressing voices of Conservatives and hiding information and news that is good.”
“Those companies “better be careful because you can’t do that to people,” Trump said later in the Oval Office. “I think that Google, and Twitter and Facebook, they are really treading on very, very troubled territory and they have to be careful. It is not fair to large portions of the population.”
Google immediately responded, condemning Trump’s charge, and claiming that “Search is not used to set a political agenda and we don’t bias our results toward any political ideology.” (They would say that, wouldn’t they?)
As has often happened with Trump’s twitter stoms, the politically incorrect truth was later found in the borderline crazy outbursts.
According to a leaked memo posted on Facebook’s internal message board titled “We Have a Problem With Political Diversity”, which was published by the New York Times, a Facebook senior engineer, Brian Amerige, supported Trump’s allegation, writing “we are a political monoculture that’s intolerant of different views” and shockingly admitted that “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.”
Anyone who has been shadow – banned by Facebook, as have the owner of this blog and many of his friends (not extreme right nuts jobs as ‘liberals’ often describe them, but classical liberals, who love free speech and diversity of ideas.
Amerige’s indictment of Facebook’s authoritarian – liberal “mono-culture” continues:
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” Amerige continues, adding another stunning revelation about the social media giant’s biased culture, “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.
In other words, the official policy run by Facebook’s management of not toleratiing and where possible suppressing opposition to the company’s Cultural Marxist ideology is not tolerated. In other words Facebook uses fascist tactics to enforce its progressive public stance.
Amerige wasn’t alone in attacking Silicon Valley’s liberal bias, and as the NYT reports, since the post went up, “more than 100 Facebook employees have joined Mr. Amerige to form an online group called FB’ers for Political Diversity.” The aim of the initiative, according to Mr. Amerige’s memo, is to create a space for ideological diversity within the company.
The group’s formation has upset other Facebook employees (those who identify as Zuckerber’s arse kissers maybe,) who said its online posts were offensive to minorities (although none of the posts referred specifically to any minorities,). One engineer, who claimed anonymity for fear of retaliation, said several people had lodged complaints with their managers about FB’ers for Political Diversity and were told that it had not broken any company rules. It is of course hypocritical of Facebook to claim the moral high ground as the upholder of liberal values when Zuckerberg, personally, and his top management team operate a culture of fear to deny employees right to express their own opinions in private.
According to numerous reports the activity is a rare sign of organized dissent within Facebook “over the company’s largely liberal workplace culture.” While the new group is just a sliver of Facebook’s work force of more than 25,000, the company’s workers have in the past appeared less inclined than their peers at other tech companies to challenge leadership, and most have been loyalists to its chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg.
Within Facebook, we hear, employees have argued over the decisions to ban certain accounts while allowing others. At staff meetings some workers have repeatedly asked for more guidance on what content the company disallows, and why.
The dispute over employees’ political ideology arose a week before Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer, is scheduled to testify at a Senate hearing about social media manipulation in elections. A team helping Ms. Sandberg get ready for the hearing next Wednesday has warned her that some Republican lawmakers may raise questions about Facebook and biases.
In May, Facebook announced that former Senator Jon Kyl, an Arizona Republican, would lead an inquiry into allegations of anticonservative bias on the social network, where new employees supposedly go through training that describes how to have respectful conversations about politics and diversity while complying with company policy.