Facebook employees on Tuesday got the opportunity for an internal
briefing and question-and-answer session about Facebook’s role
with the Trump-aligned data firm Cambridge Analytica. It was the
first the company held to brief and reassure employees after,
ahead of damaging news reports, Facebook abruptly suspended
Cambridge Analytica. The Q&A session was first reported by The
But Zuckerberg himself wasn’t there, The Daily Beast has learned.
Instead, the session was conducted by a Facebook attorney, Paul
Grewal, according to a source familiar with the meeting. That was
the same approach the company used on Capitol Hill this past fall,
when it sent its top attorney, Colin Stretch, to brief Congress
about the prevalence of Russian propaganda, to include paid ads
and inauthentic accounts, on its platform.
Nor, The Daily Beast has learned, did chief operating officer
Sheryl Sandberg attend the internal town hall.
Not exactly profiles in courage. If I worked at Facebook I’d be pissed that both of them weren’t there, let alone neither of them.