The world’s most powerful social media website was challenged this week to define boardroom “diversity” in famously far-left Silicon Valley.
The annual Facebook shareholders meeting, held May 30 in Menlo Park, California, included a “True Diversity” proposal from the Free Enterprise Project, an arm of the National Center for Public Policy Research.
In an attempt to challenge Facebook’s famously anti-conservative reputation, the proposal asked the company’s leaders to describe the “specific minimum qualifications” required to have a seat on Facebook’s board of directors.
"Of course, being Silicon Valley they decided to oppose us," says FEP spokesman David Almasi, who attended the shareholders meeting.
Standing before Facebook's powerful executives, Almasi reminded shareholders that former Facebook engineer Brian Amerige described his now-former employer as a “political monoculture” that is “intolerant” of opposing views.
Amerige quit Facebook last year over its “hate-speech” policy but told Wired.com that Zuckerberg and other executives seemed to be listening to his warnings and complaints about “political diversity.”
What made Amerige finally speak out was an office mural that expressed support for transgendered people. In particular, he said the phrase “Gender Free” on the mural represented a radical, left-wing term that didn’t belong in a company workspace.
Amerige used an internal message board to complain about the mural and immediately received backlash for his comments, including calls to fire him.
That is because any call for “diversity” from a left-wing group often means the same thing: a diverse-looking group of people who all share similar beliefs on cultural issues such as abortion and LGBT rights, and economic issues such as capitalism.
Almani tells OneNewsNow that the Left’s idea of a diverse board of directors is focused only on race and gender, and political views are ignored.
“And we think it would be much more helpful for a company, especially one in liberal Silicon Valley,” he says, “to have someone with a different ideological belief.”
But the FEP project predictably got voted down, which Almani says isn’t surprising considering Zuckberberg owns the majority of Facebook shares.
“So inevitably,” he reports, “all of the proposals today that the company was opposed to did fail, including ours."