Facebook Employees Outraged Over Exec’s Support Of Kavanaugh

PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 23: Facebook vice president of global public policy Joel Kaplan and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg leave the Elysee Presidential Palace after a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron on May ... PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 23: Facebook vice president of global public policy Joel Kaplan and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg leave the Elysee Presidential Palace after a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron on May 23, 2018 in Paris, France. Zuckerberg will participate tomorrow at the VivaTech fair in Paris. (Photo by Chesnot/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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October 5, 2018 7:50 a.m.

Top Facebook executives, including CEO Mark Zuckerberg, are holding a town hall on Friday to address employees’ outrage over an executive’s support of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, The Wall Street Journal reported. 

Facebook’s global policy head Joel Kaplan, who is reportedly close friends with Kavanaugh, appeared in support of the Supreme Court nominee during his fiery testimony last week when he defended himself against allegations of sexual assault.

Both Zuckerberg and Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg have attempted to weigh in on the controversy in recent days through an internal comment thread and Zuckerberg’s question-and-answer session last week.

But employees’ criticism of Kaplan’s appearance has only swelled in recent days and staff are viewing the decision as reflective of the company’s stance on the #MeToo movement, the WSJ reported.

“This fire has been burning for a full week now,” one employee told the WSJ.

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