Employees Quit In Protest of Social Media’s Lax Attitude Toward Hate Speech

Pertinent news today from the world of Big Tech.

We’ve been seeing recently how social media platforms have been taking a stronger stance against those engaging in hate speech, like Tony Ortega’s hysterical hate pal who found himself temporarily banned from Twitter for his bigotry

Twitter has also taken admirable steps in the past to eliminate much of what once was thought by many to be Tony Ortega’s syndicate of fake users, an army of ‘bots’ used to promulgate Ortega’s anti-religious propaganda.

Still, for some this change of attitude towards the misuse of social media is not coming fast enough. This has lead to a recent wave of ‘protest resignations’ among those working for these platforms.

Just this week yet another Facebook employee outraged at the company’s lax anti-bigotry policies has quit, accusing the social media platform of being “on the wrong side of history” by giving spreaders of false information and belligerent intolerance a platform from which to spew their lies and hate.

In a 1,300-word letter posted onto Facebook’s internal employee network, and published by The Washington Post, Ashok Chandwaney said that he “can no longer stomach contributing to an organization that is profiting off hate in the US and globally.” The software engineer accused Facebook of prioritizing profit over promoting social good and using civil rights as a public relations campaign. 

Indeed, it has been this ‘prioritizing profit over promoting social good’ which social media abusers like Tony Ortega – and his patron, Karen de la Carriere, who runs The Outer Banks secret Facebook hate group – have so long exploited.

We saw this on particularly disturbing display during Tony Ortega’s run as Backpage’s unofficial attack-dog apologist. Profit over people wasn’t just a Backpage policy, after all, it was practically their motto.

But these brave employees taking a stand against abusers like Ortega aren’t the only ones upset by these online platforms — more and more employees across a range of social media companies are expressing discontent with policies on hate speech, racism, and misinformation, and religious intolerance. 

Facebook spokeswoman Liz Bourgeois said that the company doesn’t benefit from hate saying, “we invest billions of dollars each year to keep our community safe.”

While we appreciate these early investments in helping to clean up the cesspool of lies social media can quickly devolve into — Tony Ortega’s Twitter feed springs to mind —  it is crucial that more be done. And quickly.

Temporarily banning bigots and stripping them of their armies of fake users are only the beginning and we stand with the brave employees of social media firms who are willing to put their livelihoods on the line to protect us all from those who would incite hostility with their biased prejudices.

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