It’s no surprise these days that many of the largest, most prominent and most successful tech companies are biased in favor of the political left. Just look at all the censoring that’s been happening recently on various social media platforms.
This bias is definitely prevalent at Facebook, and one senior engineer decided to speak out about it. Brian Amerige said the company has a “problem with political diversity,” and is calling for more tolerance toward people with political views other than just the leftist stances he says are currently promoted by employees.
“We do this so consistently that employees are afraid to say anything when they disagree with what’s around them politically,” he said. “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 those issues, you can either keep quiet or sacrifice your reputation and career.”
Amerige went on to explain why these issues are so important to Facebook as a company.
“This is not okay,” he continued. “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.”
And the engineer didn’t stop at speaking out. He proceeded to invite the employees who agree with him to start their own cause, promoting more tolerance of views other than those on the political left. The group he started is called FB’ers for Political Diversity. There is a need for what Amerige initiated, because many employees have already expressed interest in joining Amerige.
“I don’t know how to fix this problem on my own,” Amerige said. “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.
Some Facebook employees were not exactly keen on Amerige starting his group, because they actually filed complaints about it. And others have criticized the group and efforts as well. That’s just more proof that Amerige was on to something when he started the group.
~ Conservative Zone