Facebook Moves To Make Some Message Box Private. Facebook Moves To Make Some Message Boards private. According to NYtimes, For a few weeks now, the social media giant has been dealing with bombshell revelations from the international Fb Files/documents.
And currently, Facebook is making some groups on its internal Workplace message boards about platform safety and protecting elections private. However, the movie is seemingly in an effort to prevent further leaks. Though It’s not yet clear exactly how many groups will be taken private, so no one knows how broadly Facebook is locking things down.
The company tells The Verge “Leaks decrease the effectiveness, efficiency, and morale of the teams working daily to address the challenges that come with operating a platform for billions of people,” Facebook said in a statement. “They can also put employees working on sensitive subjects at risk externally and lead to complex topics being misrepresented and misunderstood.” The move had been in the works for months.
Facebook Moves To Make Some Message Boards Private
Facebook’s decision comes after last week’s Congressional testimony by Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen, who was a former staffer in the Civic Integrity group and was also the source of the leaked documents.
However, on Monday, Frances Haugen accepted an invitation to speak to Facebook’s independent Oversight Board, and later this month, she is scheduled to testify before the UK Parliament.
Facebook Announcement To Employees
According to NYtimes Facebook told employees on Tuesday that it was making some of its internal online discussion groups private, in an effort to minimize leaks. Lots of Fb employees join online discussion groups on Workplace, an internal message board that workers use to communicate and collaborate with one another.
In the announcement on Tuesday, Fb said it was making some groups focused on platform safety and protecting elections, an area is known broadly as “integrity,” private instead of the public within the company, thereby limiting who can view and participate in the discussion threads.
Furthermore, the movie follows the disclosure by Haugen, a former employee, of thousands of pages of internal documents to regulators, lawmakers and the news media. The documents reviewed that Facebook was aware of some of the harms it was causing. Haugen has filed a whistle-blower complaint with the Securities and Exchange Commission and testified to a Senate subcommittee this month.
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An engineering director wrote in the announcement, which was reviewed by The New York Times “As everyone is likely aware, we’ve seen an increase in the number of Integrity-related leaks in recent months,”. “These leaks aren’t representative of the nuances and complexities involved in our work and are often taken out of context, leading to our work being mischaracterized externally.”
The company had been known for an open culture that encouraged debate and transparency, but it has become more insular as it has confronted leaks about issues such as toxic speech and misinformation and grappled with employee unrest. In July, the communications team shuttered comments on an internal forum used for companywide announcements, which states, “OUR ONE REQUEST: PLEASE DON’T LEAK.”
The Facebook spokesman, Andy Stone, said in a statement. “Leaks make it harder for our teams to work together, can put employees working on sensitive subjects at risk externally and lead to complex topics being misrepresented and misunderstood,”
He continued, “Facebook had been planning the changes for months. However, Tuesday’s announcement stated that Facebook plans to comb through some of the online discussion groups to take out individuals whose work isn’t related to safety and security. The changes will occur in “the coming months” and “with the expectation that sensitive Integrity discussions will happen in closed, curated forums in the future.
”Also, in the internal comments, which were shared with The Times, some employees supported the move while others denounced the loss of transparency and collaboration. They called the change “counterproductive” and “disheartening,” with one person suggesting that it could lead to even more leaks from disgruntled employees.