Meta aka Facebook Says Employees Are No Longer Allowed To Discuss The Topic of Abortion

Written by on June 25, 2022

Meta aka Facebook Says Employees Are No Longer Allowed To Discuss The Topic of Abortion

Shared By Peter Boykin – American Political Commentator / Citizen Journalist

Meta bans staff from open discussion of Roe v. Wade decision and is deleting internal messages that mention abortion: report

A May 12 company memo mentioned that many internal posts regarding abortion were taken down for violating the company’s harassment policy. The policy had led to a high number of complaints to HR.

Now that the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, the case that legalized abortion nationally almost 50 years ago and returning the matter to the states that discussion it at the tip of everyone’s tongues.

The memo, also said Meta had previously allowed open discussion of abortion but later decided it created “significant disruptions in the workplace given unique legal complexities and the number of people affected by the issue.”

Meta has warned employees not to discuss the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade on its internal system and deleting messages that do so.

Managers cited a policy that put “strong guardrails around social, political and sensitive conversations” in the workplace, according to company insiders.

Ambroos Vaes, a Meta software engineer, said in a post on LinkedIn he was disappointed that Meta was not allowing the topic to be discussed. “On our internal Workplace platform, moderators swiftly remove posts or comments mentioning abortion.”

Vaes added: “The ‘respectful’ communications policy that was put in place explicitly disallows it. Limited discussion can only happen in groups of up to 20 employees who follow a set playbook, but not out in the open.”

However, Meta said it would reimburse travel expenses “to the extent permitted by law” for employees who needed “to access out-of-state health care and reproductive services.”

Meta COO Sheryl Sandberg, who is leaving the company this fall, said in a Facebook post that “the Supreme Court’s ruling jeopardizes the health and the lives of millions of girls and women across the country.”

“It threatens to undo the progress women have made in the workplace and to strip women of economic power,” she wrote. “It will make it harder for women to achieve their dreams.”

[Source: New York Times, Business Insider]

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