Corrupted by the election, Facebook is struggling for a balance between viability and growth

“There are tensions in almost every product decision we make and we have developed a corporate framework called‘ Better Decisions ’to ensure that we make our decisions accurately and that our goals are directly linked to providing the best possible experience for people,” he said. Joe Osborne, a Facebook spokesman.

These battles have eroded morale. In a monthly employee survey, Facebook employees reported that they were less proud of the company than in previous years. About half felt that Facebook had a positive impact on the world, up from roughly three-quarters earlier this year, according to a copy of a survey known as The Pulse, reviewed by The New York Times. Employees ’“ intent to stay ”as well as trust in management also declined.

BuzzFeed News previously reported the results of the survey.

Even as election day and its aftermath passed with few incidents, some disappointed employees quit, saying they could no longer work on their stomachs at a company whose products were considered harmful. Others were left, arguing that they could change more within. Still others have made the moral calculation that Facebook is even balanced with its flaws, doing more harm than good.

“Facebook’s salaries are currently the highest in the technology, and when you walk home with a huge salary every two weeks, you have to tell yourself it’s a good cause,” said Gregor Hochmuth, a former Instagram engineer who owns Facebook in 2014. left. “Otherwise, your work is really no different from industries that are destroying the planet and paying extra to their other employees to help you forget.”

Since most employees work remotely during the pandemic, much of the soul search took place on Facebook’s internal workplace network.

In May, in the heat of the Black Lives Matter protests, Mr. Zuckerberg infuriated many employees when he refused to remove President Trump’s position that “when the loot begins, the shooting begins”. Legislators and civil rights groups said the post threatened violence against protesters and called for its dismantling. But Mr Zuckerberg said the post did not violate Facebook’s rules.

Indicating his dissatisfaction, several employees created a new workplace group called “Take Action”. People in the group, which swelled to more than 1,500 members, sharply changed their profile photos to the image of a raised “black life material” fist.