Sept 17 (Reuters) - Facebook Inc on Thursday said it
would update its internal discussion policies to impose
restrictions on employees' ability to debate social and
A company spokesman said Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg
outlined his plans for the curbs to employees on Thursday, with
details of the new rules to be announced next week.
"What we've heard from our employees is that they want the
option to join debates on social and political issues rather
than see them unexpectedly in their work feed," spokesman Joe
Osborne said in a statement.
"We're updating our employee policies and work tools to
ensure our culture remains respectful and inclusive."
Osborne said the new rules would apply to employee
discussions of how executives handle politically sensitive
content on Facebook's platforms, which was the subject of
intense internal debates this summer.
He said Facebook aimed to ensure that debate of those
decisions could still take place in "appropriate channels,"
without clogging up other work-related discussions.
The company was also strengthening its harassment policy to
keep conversation respectful and protect underrepresented
employees, he said.
Google likewise this week said it would expand use of
moderation on internal message boards, citing "tough global
conversations," CNBC reported https://www.cnbc.com/2020/09/16/google-content-moderation-internal-message-boards-memegen.html
Like other tech companies, Facebook prides itself on
fostering open debate inside the company, while taking a hard
line against public disclosure of those conversations.
Conversation flows freely on Workplace, an internal social
network that resembles Facebook's namesake platform, and
Zuckerberg opens himself to employee questions at a weekly Q&A.
But as staffers have become increasingly vocal about their
disagreements with Zuckerberg, statements posted on Workplace
have leaked to the press and become a headache for the company.
Discussions grew especially heated after June, when
Zuckerberg decided not to take action against a post by U.S.
President Donald Trump that used a phrase associated with
segregation and police brutality.
(Reporting by Katie Paul in San Francisco; additional reporting
by Akanksha Rana in Bengaluru; Editing by Aditya Soni, David
Gregorio and Diane Craft)