Facebook is reportedly trying to reduce insider leaks by making some of its internal online discussion groups private rather than public. Facebook told employees on Tuesday that it Limiting who can see and participate in certain “Integrity” groups The New York Times reported on Wednesday that the focus is on platform security and the security of elections.
The move comes after a former Facebook employee-whistleblower Frances Haugen disclosed thousands of documents and internal communications that showed Facebook was aware of the dangers of its products, but publicly downplayed these effects. Lawmakers across the political spectrum have so far shown a renewed interest in having Facebook account.
Last week, Haugen appeared before a US Senate subcommittee and alleged that Facebook’s products “harm children, promote division and undermine our democracy.” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg criticized Haugen’s testimony,.
“As everyone knows, we have seen an increase in the number of integrity-related leaks in recent months,” an engineering director wrote in the announcement, which was reviewed by the Times. “These leaks are not representative of the nuances and complexities involved in our work and are often taken out of context, thereby externalizing our work.”
Tuesday’s announcement indicated that some discussion groups would be reviewed to remove those whose work is not related to safety and security. The Times reported that Facebook’s announcement said changes are expected in the coming months and that sensitive loyalty discussions will take place in closed, curated forums in the future.
Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment.