Facebook executive hosted Kavanaugh confirmation celebration

Facebook executive hosted Kavanaugh confirmation celebration
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Facebook’s vice president of public policy, Joel Kaplan, hosted a gathering on Saturday night in Washington, D.C., to celebrate Brett Kavanaugh’s controversial nomination to the Supreme Court.

About 25 attendees showed up to Kaplan and Laura Cox Kaplan’s celebration, including Brett and Ashley Kavanaugh, as first reported by Politico.

Laura Cox Kaplan, lobbyist Ginger Loper and several other women who supported Kavanaugh organized the event.

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Facebook stressed that it doesn’t have rules on what its employees do in their private lives outside of work.

That hasn’t stopped its employees from being outraged that a high-level employee backed a Supreme Court nominee who faced multiple sexual misconduct allegations.

Several outlets, including The New York Times, detailed internal backlash at Facebook over Joel Kaplan sitting behind Kavanaugh as he testified about Christine Blasey Ford’s allegation that he sexually assaulted her in high school.

Kaplan and Kavanaugh have reportedly been friends for years, but Facebook employees were still frustrated and felt that Kaplan’s support was a tacit show of approval from Facebook. They believed that it signaled that Kaplan believed Kavanaugh and discounted Ford’s testimony.

During a later Facebook-wide meeting, Kaplan said that he should have consulted his superiors at Facebook before attending the hearing. Facebook CEO Mark ZuckerbergMark Elliot ZuckerbergThe Hill's Morning Report - Democrats duke it out during Nevada debate On The Money: GAO to investigate Trump aid for farmers | Bloomberg calls for bolstering Dodd-Frank | Where the 2020 Democrats stand on taxes Soros: Zuckerberg, Sandberg should be removed from control of Facebook MORE and Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg attended the town hall, according to Axios, which was live-streamed to employees.

Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination and subsequent confirmation on Saturday stoked heavy tensions across the country.