Ryan Mac ?

Ryan Mac ?


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Meta/Facebook employees are being reminded of a policy not to discuss abortion on companywide channels on Friday. Managers are being told the company to be empathetic to distressed employees but to remain neutral.

This goes far beyond tech companies. Auto companies (who track location data) and telecoms come to mind.

American society puts a lot of stake in what its business leaders say during big political or cultural moments. Given that, here's what Mark Zuckerberg posted today.

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Here's some political stances he's taken in the past as told by his profile photos

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Also worth noting that the country's two richest people, Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos have said nothing publicly either. They've been outspoken on other political topics in the past.

In some cases, internal moderators are removing posts and messages about abortion. One employee wrote on LinkedIn that the company is allowing groups of up to 20 employees to have "limited discussion" about the topic as long as it follows "a set playbook."

It's been almost four years since Facebook VP Joel Kaplan sat behind his friend Brett Kavanaugh during his Senate confirmation hearing. Interesting to draw a line from that moment to where Facebook/Meta is now on employees expressing political views.

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My favorite corporate Juneteenth moment is when Elon Musk told Tesla and SpaceX workers that Juneteenth was considered a US holiday, then later clarified that employees who wanted to observe it would have to take a paid time off day.

Musk is talking about "his obsession with truth" on stage right now. Four years ago, he tried to get me to write that a British cave rescuer in Thailand was a "child rapist" because of false information fed to him by a fake private investigator.

Google cofounder Sergey Brin at SFO protest: "I'm here because I'm a refugee." (Photo from Matt Kang/Forbes)

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This is Grimes' mom. Thanksgiving is going to be fun.

As protestors stormed the Capitol, Facebook employees took to their internal workplace message board to express their fears and ask that Trump be removed from the platform. In response, management shut down threads and prevented them from commenting.

The Coinbase CEO wrote a long thread discussing how their super bowl commercial came about and suggesting there are lessons in being non-traditional and not listening to ad agencies. But then he gets called out lol.

lmao... the White House/Melania Trump Be Best pamphlet about your kids being online is almost the exact same thing that the FTC published in Jan. 2014: 2014: 2018:

Facebook employees are furious and unloaded on Mark Zuckerberg during an all-hands meeting yesterday over his handling of QAnon and a Kenosha militia page that remained online after a shooting that killed two people. Here's my dispatch from inside:

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