It took only about a day for Facebook’s efforts to limit leaks to be leaked. On Tuesday, Facebook announced to employees that access to several message boards would be restricted to prevent internal information from being made public.
On Wednesday, the New York Times had already written and published an article regarding the changes.
The Message Boards that Facebook is trying to secure a deal with how the platform handles integrity issues and sensitive safety topics. The boards in question are for staff-only use and have no direct effect on user access.
People not directly related to that work will no longer have access, but there is the worry that secrecy may not be the most effective plan. Some employees have expressed concern that this will decrease transparency when it is needed most.
Other employees support the change and believe it will reduce the possibility their work may come into question by a leak made out of context.
Facebook has struggled recently with private company data being made public. Whistleblower Frances Haugen took thousands of documents before leaving the company that she then used to file complaints with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
And in April of this year, Sophie Zang posted a video detailing Facebook’s failure to stop campaign manipulation. Both former employees accuse Facebook of prioritizing company interests over user safety, a claim CEO Mark Zuckerberg has repeatedly denied.
Facebook is a vast company that employees almost 50,000 people and that is a lot of potential loose lips to worry about. These recent actions to secure internal information are just part of the long-term measures the company has made and will continue to make but it remains to be seen if it will be enough.
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