Meta suppresses internal discussion of Roe v. Wade coup

On Friday, Meta asked its employees not to openly discuss Supreme Court Decision Revoking the Constitutional Right to Abortion through wide channels of communication within the company, said people who know the situation.

Managers at Meta, which owns Facebook and Instagram, cited the company’s policy of setting “hard barriers to social, political and sensitive conversations” in the workplace, people who spoke on condition of anonymity said. They said managers pointed employees to a company memo dated May 12, which was issued following a preliminary finding that Roe v. Wade was leaked from the Supreme Court.

In a May 12 memo, which was obtained by The New York Times, Meta stated that “open discussion of abortion at work carries an increased risk of creating a hostile work environment,” so it took “a stance that we will not allow open discussion.” . . ”

According to people, this policy caused frustration and anger. On Friday, some contacted colleagues and managers to express their disagreement with the company’s position. Managers were advised to be empathetic but neutral on the topic, two people said, and posts that violated the policy were deleted in team chats. In the past, Meta employees have often used internal communication forums to discuss socio-political issues and current events.

Ambroos Weiss, Software Engineer at Meta, said: in the message on LinkedIn that he is saddened that employees are “not allowed” to widely discuss the Supreme Court’s decision. On the company’s internal communications platform, “moderators are quick to delete posts or comments that mention abortion,” he wrote. “Limited discussion can only take place in groups of up to 20 employees who follow a set script but are not open.”

A spokesperson for Meta declined to comment.

Friday’s action was the Meta’s latest attempt to quell contentious internal debate after years of employee unrest and media leaks. AT 2020the company updated its Respectful Communications Policy to limit certain discussions at work, according to a May 12 memo.

The change follows internal conflict over the police killing of black George Floyd in Minneapolis two years ago. Meta employees have been told they are no longer allowed to discuss political or social issues in company-wide channels on Workplace, the company’s employee message board.

In October, Meta also closed some Workplace groups after Frances Haugen, a former employee, leaked thousands of internal research papers to the media. Employees mourned loss of openness and cooperationaccording to comments seen by The Times.

In a May 12 memo, Meta said it had previously allowed open discussion of abortion at work, but later admitted that this had led to “significant disruption in the workplace, given the unique legal complexities and the number of people affected by the issue.” The policy has resulted in a large number of complaints to HR, and many internal posts regarding abortion have been removed for violating the company’s harassment policy, the memo said.

The memo said staffers fighting the Supreme Court ruling were ordered to support each other in one-on-one conversations or in small groups of “like-minded colleagues.”

On Friday, to allay employee concerns about the Supreme Court ruling, Meta said it would reimburse travel expenses “to the extent permitted by law” for employees who need “out-of-state access to medical and reproductive services.”

Sheryl Sandberg, Meta Chief operating officer, who is leaving the company this fall, said in facebook post on Friday that “a Supreme Court ruling endangers the health and lives of millions of girls and women across the country.”

“This threatens to undo the progress made by women in the workplace and deprive women of economic power,” she wrote. “Women will have a harder time fulfilling their dreams.”