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 ZuckerbergHillicon Valley: Amazon to challenge Pentagon cloud contract in court | State antitrust investigation into Google expands | Intel agencies no longer collecting location data without warrant Civil rights groups demand changes to Facebook's political speech policy Hillicon Valley: Federal inquiry opened into Google health data deal | Facebook reports millions of post takedowns | Microsoft shakes up privacy debate | Disney plus tops 10M sign-ups in first day 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.