Facebook staff outraged over VP Joel Kaplan’s friendship to Brett Kavanaugh

When Facebook’s Vice President for global public policy Joel Kaplan was spotted sitting behind Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Facebook staff lost their minds, confirming those rumors of being an “intolerant political monoculture” as they argued that Kaplan “violated our policies.”

Kaplan has now been forced to apologize – see below.

“Let’s assume for a minute that our VP of Policy understands how senate hearings work. His seat choice was intentional, knowing full well that journalists would identify every public figure appearing behind Kavanaugh. He knew that this would cause outrage internally, but he knew that he couldn’t get fired for it. This was a protest against our culture, and a slap in the face to his fellow employees,” wrote one program manager.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg explained that Kaplan, as a close friend of Kavanaugh, was only there at the hearing for personal support, and had not broken company rules.

Other employees maintained that Zuckerberg’s dismissal of Kaplan’s support of Kavanaugh meant that he was also dismissing accusations of sexual assault made by Dr. Blasey Ford.

Facebook CFO Sheryl Sandberg came out in condemnation of Kaplan, writing, “As a woman and someone who cares so deeply about how women are treated, the Kavanaugh issue is deeply upsetting to me. I’ve talked to Joel about why I think it was a mistake for him to attend given his role in the company.”

One engineer wrote to Zuckerberg, “Please don’t insult our intelligence by declaring that this act did not violate our policies, or that it was only an honest lapse in judgment.”

The outcry from the Facebook staff brings to mind what Facebook engineer Brian Amerige wrote in a memo in August: “We claim to welcome all perspective, but are quick to attack — often in mobs — anyone who presents a view that appears to be in opposition to left-leaning ideology.”

photo/Gerd Altmann

Facebook convened a meeting Friday, October 5, a  to discuss the conservative views of Vice President of Global Public Policy Joel Kaplan.

Both CEO Mark Zuckerberg and CFO Sheryl Sandberg “expressed frustration that Kaplan had inserted the company into the political moment,” according to NBC. Kaplan apologized at the meeting, saying it was “a mistake for him to have attended the hearing without consulting other executives.”

However, Kaplan did not back down from his support of Kavanaugh, as was made apparent by Politico. The Facebook executive threw Kavanaugh and his employees a celebration on Saturday night, after Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court.

Hillary Clinton’s political advisor Adam Parkhomenko wrote on Twitter, “Clearly the problems at Facebook run deep. NY Times article on head of Facebook DC was damning. Joel Kaplan needs to be fired immediately. Email Facebook and demand they fire Joel Kaplan [email protected].”

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