A Facebook whistleblower who leaked documents to Project Veritas exposing the tech giant’s policy on suppressing “vaccine hesitation” has been fired.
In a video posted Friday, Facebook data center technician Morgan Kahmann was shown on a Zoom call with an executive telling him his job had been terminated when Project Veritas president James O’Keefe interrupted the meeting.
“I have to ask you, why are you taking action against Morgan for publishing these vaccine documents?” asked Mr. O’Keefe, after which the executive ended the call, saying it was private.
Kahmann was suspended Thursday after revealing that he was the previously anonymous “whistleblower” who turned over internal company documents outlining Facebook’s strategy to downgrade posts expressing concerns about COVID-19 vaccines, even if the comments are accurate.
He said he was not surprised by the firing. “I feel like I knew what was going to happen because they didn’t want this information to come out,” Kahmann said.
Facebook said in response to Project Veritas video posted Monday saying the policy had been publicly posted.
“We proactively post this policy on our company blog and also update our help center with this information,” a Facebook spokesperson told The Washington Times.
Kahmann was one of two Facebook “insiders” who detailed the technology platform’s schedule for “[d]traceably reduce user exposure to vaccine vacillation, ”stating that the company used algorithms to remove the scope limit of posts that oppose vaccines or even describe user side effects.
Kahmann said he asked the Facebook executive why he was being fired “with immediate effect” without a company investigation.
“I said, so what is really going on here? We never had the research meeting. Nobody ever told me what this is over, what it’s about or anything, “said Mr. Kahmann in the video. “And they said, oh, it’s basically about you, they started talking about you violating company policy.”
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Kahmann, who appeared on Fox News Channel’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on Thursday, created a GiveSendGo crowdfunding page that had raised more than $ 373,000 as of Saturday toward its $ 500,000 goal.
“Due to my willingness to expose the truth about Facebook’s secret censorship of vaccine concerns, I have been fired from my job,” the page says. “I have a wife who is 7 months pregnant and a son who is 2 years old; We would appreciate any support you can offer at this time. “
O’Keefe said the former Facebook tech had raised more through crowdfunding than any other whistleblower in the history of the Veritas Project.
In March, Facebook said it would seek to reduce “vaccine misinformation” on its platform and help connect people to vaccines through its apps as part of a partnership with Boston Children’s Hospital.
“Based on our goal of promoting credible information on COVID-19 vaccines, we have implemented several temporary measures to further limit the spread of potentially harmful COVID-19 and vaccine information during the pandemic,” the company said in a statement. March 15th post.