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Facebook Inc has reported employees It is tightening controls on some internal discussion groups, a move that comes after a former employee, Frances Haugen, gathered documents that laid the foundation for The Wall Street Journal. Facebook Files Series Showing that the company’s platforms are full of flaws that can cause harm.

Facebook offers online discussion groups to employees on an internal messaging system called Workplace, where employees can collaborate or exchange ideas. In a memo to employees on Tuesday, the social-media giant said it would restrict who can view group discussions on topics such as platform security and election integrity, the company confirmed. The move to restrict internal data access was reported by The New York Times on Wednesday.


“The leak reduces the effectiveness, efficiency and morale of the teams working every day to address the challenges that come with operating a platform for billions of people,” Facebook said in a statement. The company said such disclosures could “externally put employees working on sensitive topics and complex topics that could be misrepresented and misunderstood.”

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Ms. Haugen, a former product manager Hired to help protect against election interference at Facebook, he oversaw thousands of company documents, some of which he even shared with Congress and the Securities and Exchange Commission.

It has also sought federal whistleblower protections with the SEC.

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Facebook has struggled before with how to deal with its internal discussion system. chief executive Mark zuckerberg It said last year that the company would take steps to prevent internal debate on divisive political and social topics following controversy and criticism. Discord broke out between staff members. As part of that effort, the company plans to specify which parts of the company’s internal messaging platform are acceptable for such discussions, and when they do occur those discussions will show careful moderation.

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Separately, Facebook said on Wednesday that it was taking steps to prevent harassment and bullying on its platform and to remove content that is believed to represent sexual assault on a public figure.

“It’s important that everyone on our apps feels safe to engage and connect with their communities,” Facebook’s global security chief Antigone Davis said in a blog post.

This article first appeared in The Wall Street Journal.