Report: Facebook Employees Outraged Over Exec’s Appearance at Kavanaugh Hearing

Hundreds of Facebook employees have reportedly expressed anger that an executive attended Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s public hearing last week to support him, The Wall Street Journal reports. Joel Kaplan, Facebook’s head of global policy, was at Kavanaugh’s hearing because he is reportedly close friends with the Supreme Court Justice nominee. Outraged employees reportedly brought his appearance up during an internal question-and-answer session with CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and have been expressing their concerns in internal discussion threads. On Friday, Zuckerberg said that “he wouldn’t have made the same decision but the appearance didn’t violate Facebook policies,” the Journal reports. “I’ve talked to Joel about why I think it was a mistake for him to attend given his role in the company,” Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg also wrote in a post to employees. “We support people’s right to do what they want in their personal time but this was by no means a straight-forward case.” The company is reportedly planning to hold another company town hall on the matter Friday.