Facebook official warns employees of 'more bad headlines': report

Facebook official warns employees of 'more bad headlines': report
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A top official at Facebook warned employees in a company memo of “more bad headlines” following news reports over the weekend that began with a Wall Street Journal story about how Facebook played a role in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

“We need to steel ourselves for more bad headlines in the coming days, I’m afraid,”  Facebook’s Vice President of global affairs Nick Clegg wrote in a memo Saturday, first obtained by Axios.

Glegg warned that upcoming coverage of the company would contain mischaracterizations of their research and motives. 


“But, above all else,” he told Facebook staff, “we should keep our heads held high and do the work we came here to do."

Glegg also said in his memo that Facebook has made more investments to improve its safety and security guidelines, according to Axios.

“The truth is we’ve invested $13 billion and have over 40,000 people to do one job: keep people safe on Facebook,” Glegg said. 

Nearly two dozen media outlets had agreed on holding off on publishing stories until Monday on leaked documents by Facebook whistleblower France Haugen but the embargo was broken Friday night when several news reports were published ahead of the weekend.

According to Axios, the participating news outlets included Associated Press, Reuters, The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, NBC News, and Politico.  

The Hill has reached out to Facebook for comment.