Amerige, the Facebook engineer who sparked a firestorm at
Facebook with his criticism of what he called a "political
monoculture" that is "intolerant" of conservatism, is leaving
an internal message to fellow employees on Wednesday, Amerige
wrote: "These problems can be solved — just not by me, not any
more, at least. I care too deeply about our role in supporting
free expression and intellectual diversity to even
whole-heartedly attempt the product stuff anymore, and that's
how I know it's time to go."
the message, seen by Business Insider, he said he is starting
a company with his friend "at the intersection of applied
philosophy epistemology, specifically) and technology."
August Amerige, who identifies politically as objectivist,
wrote an internal memo decrying what he described as the
Silicon Valley's company's "intolerant" culture. "We are a
political monoculture that's intolerant of different views ...
we claim to welcome all perspectives, but are quick to attack
— often in mobs — anyone who presents a view that appears to
be in opposition to left-leaning ideology," we wrote.
writing subsequently sparked an internal group, "FB'ers for
Political Diversity," where conservative employees protested
the company's practices.
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