Meta, formerly Facebook, is restricting the flow of internal information after high-profile leaks, report says

Meta, the company formerly known as Facebook, has shifted its culture to make information less easily accessible to its own staff, according to a new report from The Verge.

The Verge’s Alex Heath reported that he had spoken to an undisclosed number of current and former Meta employees over the past month and reviewed posts on Meta’s internal message board, Workplace.

Per the report, the shift came after former Facebook employee and whistleblower Frances Haugen began leaking a trove of company documents in September, which led to the wave of bad PR the company is currently facing. CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said the leaks painted a “false picture” of the company, and that the documents had been taken out of context.

Examples of the culture shift in The Verge’s report included Meta canceling an internal talk from a researcher about coping with working at a company that is bombarded by bad press. The company’s legal and communications department decided there was too great a risk of it leaking, per The Verge.