Facebook makes internal forums private in effort to stop leaks

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According to a new report, Facebook is making some of its internal online discussion groups private to prevent information leaks.

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Workplace, the social media giant’s corporate forum, will make its groups on platform security and election security private rather than public.

“As everyone knows, we have seen an increase in the number of honesty-related leaks in recent months,” an engineering director wrote in the announcement. the new York Times.

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“These leaks do not represent the nuances and complexities involved in our work and are often taken out of context, thereby misrepresenting our work externally”

The statement points to former Facebook employee Francis Haugen, who was the source of several damning leaks about the company that the company discovered. Wall Street Journal.

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Haugen, who was a product manager on Facebook’s civil misinformation team, claimed that Facebook chose to “optimize for its own interests, such as making more money” for the public good, and testified before a Senate committee. Granted that his former employer “is tearing our society apart”.

This was especially in relation to a secret VIP list that allowed high-profile Facebook users to break its rules, and research has suggested that Instagram has allowed young girls with body image issues to self-identify. felt bad about

According to spokesperson Andy Stone, Facebook had apparently been planning these changes for months — but the social media company has had several whistleblowers come forward, such as Sophie Zhang, who said she had “blood on her hands” after working for the company. was” and went on to document potential criminal violations to a US law enforcement agency.

Stone said, “Leaks make it difficult for our teams to work together, can put employees working on sensitive topics at external risk and complex topics can be misrepresented and misunderstood.” May go.” Stone himself has been criticized for his response to the whistleblower’s allegations.

In response to the clampdown, some employees were supportive, while others said the change was “counterproductive” and “disappointing” – and could encourage further leaks.

A Facebook employee candidly wrote, “I think every single employee at the company should think about their day-to-day role and act on integrity, and we should work to foster a culture that does.” should do.”

“Silence of those devoted to integrity would undermine active efforts to cooperate and undermine the cultural expectation that integrity is everyone’s responsibility.”

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Credit: www.independent.co.uk /

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