Facebook tries to stop leaks by making some forums private

For weeks, Facebook has faced numerous explosive revelations resulting from a huge cache of leaked internal documents. Now Facebook is making certain groups on its internal Workplace bulletin boards on platform security and private election protection, according to The New York Times. This move is apparently aimed at preventing further leaks.

It’s not clear exactly how many groups will be private, so we don’t know to what extent Facebook is locking things down.

“Leaks decrease the effectiveness, efficiency and morale of the teams that work every day to meet the challenges of operating a platform for billions of people,” Facebook said in a statement. “They can also endanger employees working on sensitive topics externally and lead to complex, distorted and misunderstood topics. »The company says The edge the move had been in the works for months.

Facebook’s move follows testimony in Congress last week from Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen, a former member of the Civic Integrity group who was behind the leaked documents. On Monday, Haugen accepted an invitation to speak to Facebook’s independent supervisory board, and later this month, she is due to testify before the British Parliament.

Updated October 13 at 7:53 p.m. ET: Added Facebook context indicating that the change had been underway for months.

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