A Facebook engineer left the social media giant on Tuesday and publicly criticized the company for not doing enough to combat hate speech.
“I’m quitting because I can no longer stomach contributing to an organization that is profiting off hate in the US and globally,” Ashok Chandwaney said in a post shared publicly on Facebook and internally with co-workers. The resignation highlights the backlash Facebook is facing from its own employees while under pressure from civil rights advocates and advertisers to tackle hate speech more aggressively.
Facebook spokeswoman Liz Bourgeois said the company doesn’t “benefit from hate, “We invest billions of dollars each year to keep our community safe and are in deep partnership with outside experts to review and update our policies. This summer we launched an industry leading policy to go after QAnon, grew our fact-checking program and removed millions of posts tied to hate organizations — over 96% of which we found before anyone reported them to us,”
However Rashad Robinson, president of the civil rights advocacy group Color of Change, praised Chandwaney’s decision to leave the company.