Facebook’s now well known liberal culture has seemingly overplayed its hand. Conservative leaning employees within the company are growing restless in responses to actions taken on the social media platform and within the workplace. Senior Facebook Engineer Brian Amerige posted a memo on an internal message board titled “We Have A Problem With Political Diversity,” that has quickly become the buzz inside the network.
Since the post went up just last week, more than 100 employees have rallied behind Mr. Amerige to form an internal group FB’ers for Political Diversity. There has been an extreme amount of liberal pressure within the framework of the company lately, and it seems as if disgruntled employees may have finally found a release valve. Mr Amerige pointed out in his post, “We are a political monoculture that’s intolerant of different views.” Whenever an employee swims against the company political tide, others, “are quick to attack — often in mobs — anyone who presents a view that appears to be in opposition to left-leaning ideology.”
This abusive treatment is going on at all levels. NY Times reports, “Palmer Luckey, the founder of Oculus, the maker of virtual reality goggles that Facebook acquired, was pressured to leave the company last year, months after news spread that he had secretly donated to an organization dedicated to spreading anti-Hillary Clinton internet memes. And Peter Thiel, an outspoken supporter of Mr. Trump, has faced calls for his resignation from Facebook’s board.”
Facebook has not gone without criticism for there stifling of conservative opinion. President Trump, Senator Ted Cruz and others have been vocal about the clear political favoritism being expressed by the operations of the social media giant. The company is now facing critics from above, below, within and without. How many more moves will be tolerated before Facebook has finally overplayed its hand?
Mr. Amerige notes that Facebook is, “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.” Everyone but Zuckerberg, his chosen disciples, and his flock of minions seems to have developed a distaste for the heavy political favoritism going on within the network.
Will Facebook tamp down its political bias? This company has collected such a substantial monopolized power that it is difficult to speculate what it would take for this to happen. With the upcoming 2018 midterms, the timing is likely much to critical to expect this colossal hand of the liberal culture giant to loosen its grip on the American people.