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Zuckerberg fumes at leakers who exposed ‘vaccine hesitancy’ censorship, vows to find and terminate

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Project Veritas released a video showing Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and other top executives trashing leakers within the company who exposed its “vaccine hesitancy” censorship efforts.

“So Project Veritas posted another video based on leaked materials that expose our colleagues’ names and also put them at risk,” stated Facebook’s Internal Communications Director Melinda Davenport during a virtual session that was leaked to Project Veritas. “So what are we doing to actually stop leakers? And how are we keeping our colleagues safe?” she asked Zuckerberg.

Facebook’s CEO then spoke up and vowed to find the leakers and terminate them.

“There were a lot of questions that we get a lot of the time around, you know when people leak stuff, ‘do we find them?’” Zuckerberg replied. “And I’ve been clear that we have a number of efforts to find people and we terminate people and pursue the recourse that we have when we identify them. And in this case, we did find them.”

“It’s kind of the flip side of the coin for having an open culture is we can be open and we can share a lot of stuff, but we also need to be very good at rooting out people who are leaking stuff,” he explained. “I think over the last year there have been more leaks than I think all of us would have wanted but we also, you know, find a lot of the folks and terminate them.”

Facebook’s deputy general counsel Heidi Swartz then took over the conversation and clarified the “zero tolerance” policy for the company which includes firing leakers and considering “legal action” against them.

“Project Veritas released a video last week alleging that they had uncovered a new effort to censor vaccine concerns globally. It was based on leaked documents about a health integrity program that we have in place that combats vaccine hesitancy by taking a hard stance against vaccine information- misinformation,” Swartz recounted concerning the previous week’s leaks.

She dismissed the revelation over “vaccine hesitancy” censorship and instead focused on the claim that Project Veritas exposed names of Facebook employees who were in charge of the vaccine hesitancy program and alleged it put them at risk.

“Once documents are out of the company, it’s very hard for us to control what happens to them. It’s hard for us to control what media outlets are gonna do with them. And they almost always include employee names,” Swartz claimed. “So leaking really puts our colleagues at risk. And the same is true when employees leak our Q&As. When these things happen to our employees, our Legal and HR and Global Security teams support them that we want to ensure people’s safety. But as you can imagine, this is incredibly upsetting and very distressing for our colleagues.”

“One thing this case does show, though, is that leaks are always bad for the company,” Swartz said. “They threaten our open culture, as Mark said. They make it harder for us to achieve our goals. And they generally encourage more leaks… I know that some people here feel there are good leaks and there are bad leaks. But they’re all damaging and they’re not the right way to bring about change, especially in a company like this where people are free to share their opinion and to raise questions to Mark here at Q&As.”

She also warned: “You may think you’re leaking because you want to hold leadership accountable or that you’re on the right side of history, but that is very subjective and you may not have all the information to make that call.”

It was confirmed that data center technician Morgan Kahmann, who reportedly leaked the information to Project Veritas, was fired and Schwartz proclaimed “we’re also continuing to investigate additional potential leakers.” Internal Facebook documents show the “Vaccine Hesitancy Comment Demotion” policy’s “goal” is to “drastically reduce user exposure to vaccine hesitancy.”

Kahmann appeared on Tucker Carlson Tonight and explained that he decided to come forward because he believed it was “highly immoral” for Facebook to censor the content of its users without their knowledge.

(Video Credit: Fox News)

Other documents discussed a “Borderline Vaccine (BV) Framework” that addresses content and how to classify it, focusing on how to “identify and tier the categories of non-violating content that could discourage vaccination in certain contexts, thereby contributing to vaccine hesitancy or refusal.”

Another statement was even more illuminating: “We have tiered these by potential harm and how much context is required in order to evaluate harm.”

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