Facebook has told employees it’s making some internal online discussion groups private, in an effort to reduce leaks.
According to the Arab portal for technical news, many of the company’s employees join online discussion groups in WorkplaceIt is an internal message board that employees use to communicate and collaborate with one another.
The company said in the announcement that it is making some groups that focus on platform safety and election protection private rather than public within the company, and this limits who can view and participate in discussion topics.
The move comes on the heels of Frances Hogan, a former employee, who disclosed thousands of pages of internal documents to regulators, lawmakers and the media..
The documents showed that the company was aware of some of the damage it was causing, and Hogan, a former member of the company’s civil integrity team, filed a complaint with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and testified before a Senate subcommittee this month..
“We have seen an increase in the number of integrity leaks in recent months . wrote an engineering director in the ad reviewed by The New York Times.
He added: “These leaks do not represent the nuances and complexities of our work, and are often taken out of context, leading to our work being mischaracterized externally.
The company was known for an open culture that encouraged discussion and transparency. But I became more withdrawn as I faced leaks on issues such as toxic speech, misinformation, and addressing employee disturbances..
In July the communications team closed the comments via an internal forum used for company-wide advertising.
“The leaks make it difficult for our teams to work together,” Andy Stone, a Facebook spokesperson, said in a statement. It can externally endanger employees working on sensitive topics.
He added: “Leaks also lead to complex topics that are misinterpreted and misunderstood, and we have been planning the changes for months.”
The new announcement stated that the company plans to screen some online discussion groups to remove individuals whose work is not related to safety and security.
The announcement said: “Changes are taking place in the coming months, with sensitive integrity discussions expected to occur in closed and coordinated forums in the future.”.
In internal comments, some employees supported the move, while others denounced the loss of transparency and cooperation, calling the change counterproductive, and one noting that it could lead to more leaks from disgruntled employees.