(PatriotHeadline.com)- Facebook employees have been leaving the company en masse in recent months, blaming the company’s culture and leadership problems for its negative effect on society.
Last week, a data scientist for the company was the latest to leave after two years there, and he left a shocking farewell note. According to a BuzzFeed News report, the employee had worked on a team at Facebook that was focused on “Violence and Incitement.”
But in his “badge post,” which is a traditional farewell note that employees post when they leave, the employee said Facebook wasn’t doing enough. The employee, who asked to remain anonymous, wrote:
“With so many internal forces propping up in the production of hateful and violent content, the task of stopping hate and violence on Facebook starts to feel even more Sisyphean than it already is. It also makes it embarrassing to work here.”
The employee further said that the company’s own data shows that one out of every 1,000 pieces of content that’s posted to the site violates Facebook’s hate speech rules. That means that roughly 5 million out of the 5 billion posts that are published daily on the platform violate hate speech rules.
At the same time, the employee said that even with third-party moderators and artificial intelligence, Facebook was “deleting less than 5% of all of the hate speech posted to Facebook.”
After the BuzzFeed News article was published, Guy Rosen, the VP of integrity at Facebook, said that calculation was wrong. He said it “incorrectly compares views and contents.”
Even still, it’s just another black mark on Facebook. Back in September, another former data scientist, Sophie Zhang, sent a long memo outlining how fake accounts were set up on the platform to undermine elections and get involved in political affairs around the world.
In her memo, she wrote:
“In the three years I’ve spent at Facebook, I’ve found multiple blatant attempts by foreign national governments to abuse our platform on vast scales to mislead their own citizenry, and caused international news on multiple occasions.
“I have personally made decisions that affected national presidents without oversight, and taken action to enforce against so many prominent politicians globally that I’ve lost count.
“I know that I have blood on my hands by now.”
A month before that, Facebook found itself in another controversy. A senior engineer for the company commented in an internal message board about something he had found. He collected evidence that showed the company gave preferential treatment to some well-known conservative accounts, and then helped them remove fact-check marks from some of their content.
How did Facebook respond to that message?
By removing the senior engineer’s post from the message board, restricting internal access to that information the engineer cited, and then subsequently firing the engineer.
Through all this, Facebook’s “leadership” somehow says it’s doing a good job. Joe Osborne, a spokesperson for the company, told BuzzFeed in response to their inquiry:
“Integrity touches everything we do, which is why it’s important to grow and better integrate the teams doing this work across the organization.”