Facebook Employees Reportedly Melt Down Over VP Sitting Behind Kavanaugh

Peter Hasson | Reporter

Facebook employees are reportedly in the middle of a week-long meltdown after vice president for global policy Joel Kaplan sat behind Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh during Kavanaugh’s Sept. 27 testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Hundreds of Facebook employees expressed their displeasure with Kaplan since Kavanaugh’s testimony, according to reports in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, citing sources familiar with the matter.

“His seat choice was intentional, knowing full well that journalists would identify every public figure appearing behind Kavanaugh. He knew that this would cause outrage internally, but he knew that he couldn’t get fired for it,” one Facebook program manager wrote about Kavanaugh, according to TheNYT.

“This was a protest against our culture, and a slap in the face to his fellow employees,” the program manager wrote.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg sparked a further backlash by informing employees that Kaplan hadn’t broken any rules by supporting Kavanaugh in his personal time, both papers reported.

Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg also criticized Kaplan for attending the hearing. (RELATED: Sandberg Was Supposed To Be Hillary Clinton’s Treasury Secretary)

“As a woman and someone who cares so deeply about how women are treated, the Kavanaugh issue is deeply upsetting to me. I’ve talked to Joel about why I think it was a mistake for him to attend given his role in the company,” Sandberg wrote in an internal post, according to TheWSJ.

“We support people’s right to do what they want in their personal time but this was by no means a straight-forward case,” Sandberg wrote. (RELATED: Liberals Accuse Woman Sitting Behind Kavanaugh Of Being A White Supremacist — She’s Actually A Hispanic Descendant Of Holocaust Survivors)

Sandberg endorsed Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential campaign and shared her personal research with the Clinton campaign.

“Our leadership team recognizes that they’ve made mistakes handling the events of the last week and we’re grateful for all the feedback from our employees,” a Facebook spokesperson told TheNYT.

The company is reportedly addressing the Kaplan controversy in a town hall on Friday.

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