Apparently taking a page from Amazon’s book on How to Snub Employees Who Voice Inconvenient Truths, this week Facebook canned an engineer who openly criticized the social media giant’s milquetoast response to ongoing Black Lives Matter protests and President Donald Trump’s incendiary online rhetoric.
Brandon Dail, a user interface engineer working at Facebook’s Seattle office, posted on his now-private Twitter that he was fired after dragging a coworker who had refused to add a statement supporting the Black Lives Matter movement to an open-source document he was publishing, Reuters reports. Dail posted a tweet on June 2 criticizing his coworker, writing that “intentionally not making a statement is already political.”
On Friday, Dail posted on Twitter that he had been fired because of his earlier tweet.
“Today was my last day at Facebook,” he wrote, explaining that he was “let go for calling out an employee’s inaction here on Twitter. I stand by what I said. They didn’t give me the chance to quit.”
A Facebook spokesperson confirmed to Reuters that Dail’s explanation was accurate, but declined to comment further. Previously, the company said employees were free to join the walkout without fear of reprisal.
In a follow-up Twitter thread on Friday, Dail acknowledged that his call-out post “violates Facebook’s respectful workplace policy,” but added that he stood by his previous statement.
“I’m not claiming I was unjustly terminated,” he said. “I was fed up with Facebook, the harm it’s doing, and the silence of those complicit (including myself.)”