Thursday, October 4, 2018

Facebook Employees Erupt Over Facebook Exec Who Is Friend of Kavanaugh

The New York Times explains:
I want to apologize,” the Facebook executive wrote last Friday in a note to staff. “I recognize this moment is a deeply painful one — internally and externally.”

The apology came from Joel Kaplan, Facebook’s vice president for global public policy. A day earlier, Mr. Kaplan had sat behind his friend, Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, President Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, when the judge testified in Congress about allegations he had sexually assaulted Christine Blasey Ford in high school. Mr. Kaplan’s surprise appearance prompted anger and shock among many Facebook employees, some of whom said they took his action as a tacit show of support for Judge Kavanaugh — as if it were an endorsement from Facebook itself.

The unrest quickly spilled over onto Facebook’s internal message boards, where hundreds of workers have since posted about their concerns, according to current and former employees. To quell the hubbub, Facebook’s chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, last Friday explained in a widely attended staff meeting that Mr. Kaplan was a close friend of Judge Kavanaugh’s and had broken no company rules, these people said.

Yet the disquiet within the company has not subsided. This week, Facebook employees kept flooding internal forums with comments about Mr. Kaplan’s appearance at the hearing. In a post on Wednesday, Andrew Bosworth, a Facebook executive, appeared to dismiss the concerns when he wrote to employees that “it is your responsibility to choose a path, not that of the company you work for.” Facebook plans to hold another staff meeting on Friday to contain the damage, said the current and former employees.
It will be interesting to see if  Zuckerberg throws Kaplan under the bus if the social justice warriors continue to scream---and you just know they will.



  1. These people are criminally insane. Didn't we use to lock people like this up in mental institutions? Who in their right mind comes this unhinged over who someone else associates with?

  2. @Michael, it's more like arrested development. All of them, the men included, are acting like petty little girls in the school yard. Little girls are notorious for "I can't be your friend if you are friends with her". Hmm... Now that I think of it, it applies to grown women too. Men who are not snowflakes are ok if their friends are also friends with a diverse crowd.