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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks remotely during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2020. Photo: Bloomberg

Facebook Splits Up Unit At Center of Contested Election Decisions

By  |  Dec. 3, 2020 1:28 PM PST
Photo: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks remotely during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2020. Photo: Bloomberg

Facebook is breaking up its unit focused on the social network’s role in elections globally, dispersing the team of roughly 300 through a sweeping reorganization beginning this week, according to internal memos seen by The Information.

Employees from Civic Integrity, who have been at the center of Facebook’s contested decisions on how to handle posts from politicians such as President Donald Trump and its influence in politically fragile countries like Myanmar, will now join teams in a bigger organization called Central Integrity under Facebook vice president Guy Rosen, according to the memos sent Wednesday and two current employees. As part of the reshuffling, Facebook’s head of Civic Integrity, Samidh Chakrabarti, is expected to seek a new role when he returns from taking a leave.

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