Saturday, June 25, 2022

Meta bans staff from open discussion of Roe v. Wade decision and is deleting internal messages that mention abortion: report

Meta has warned employees not to discuss the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade on its internal system and deleting messages that do so, The New York Times reported.

Managers cited a policy that put "strong guardrails around social, political and sensitive conversations" in the workplace, according to company insiders, the newspaper reported.

Ambroos Vaes, a Meta software engineer, said in a post on LinkedIn he was disappointed that Meta was not allowing the topic to be discussed. "On our internal Workplace platform, moderators swiftly remove posts or comments mentioning abortion."

Vaes added: "The 'respectful' communications policy that was put in place explicitly disallows it. Limited discussion can only happen in groups of up to 20 employees who follow a set playbook, but not out in the open."



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