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Facebook asks employees to save all posts for legal reasons.

Facebook has advised employees to “keep internal documents and communications from 2016” that pertain to its business because governments and legislatures have begun investigating its operations, according to an email from the company sent on Tuesday night.

The move, known as “legal retention,” followed intensive scrutiny by the media, law and regulators over the damage caused by the social network. Legislators and the public have turned up after Frances Haugen, a former Facebook employee turned whistleblower, provided lawmakers and the media with thousands of internal documents showing how well the company knew about some of its ill effects, such as spreading misinformation and exacerbating body image problems in some. adolescents.

These files, known as the Facebook Papers, were originally published by The Wall Street Journal.

“As you probably know, we are currently at the center of widespread media coverage based on a number of internal documents,” says a Facebook post to staff, which was received by The New York Times. “As is often the case after such reporting, a number of inquiries have been made by governments and legislatures about the company’s activities.”

In the Facebook Papers, the company’s researchers discussed how to fix many of the problems that have arisen in some of its products over the years. The documents showed that over time, basic Facebook functions such as likes, reposts, groups, recommendations, were not only used to expand the company, but were also manipulated to harm users. According to the documents, many Facebook employees have tried to curb the consequences.

Ms. Haugen filed whistleblower complaints with the Securities and Exchange Commission. She also testified in Congress this month and spoke to British lawmakers on Monday.

A Facebook spokeswoman confirmed that the legal detention was sent to employees on Tuesday night, but declined to say what prompted the action. “Requests for preservation of documents are part of the process of responding to legal inquiries,” she said.

Facebook previously issued legal guidelines for employees. Last year, after the FTC and state attorneys general sued Facebook for unlawfully suppressing their competitors, the company advised workers to avoid discussing litigation-related issues and required them to take online training courses to understand the policy. compliance with competition requirements.

The company is also involved in an investigation with Google on online advertising pricing as part of an antitrust suit against the search giant filed by 10 state attorneys general last year.

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Facebook also tried to stop employee information leaks. He told workers this month that he would shut down internal election platform and security groups. This makes it harder for them to see the discussions related to these topics and limit participation.

“This is a company that is trying to resist scrutiny, not adhere to transparency,” wrote Senator Richard Blumenthal, a Connecticut Democrat who investigated the Senate subcommittee on Facebook, in a letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. …

In an email on Tuesday, Facebook told employees to keep everything from January 1, 2016. He also advised them to keep encrypted messages and noted that they should stay away from ephemeral messages for business purposes until further notice.

The letter said that there was no “concrete action” at this point, but employees should not discuss or post legal delay messages anywhere on Workplace, the company’s internal message board.

According to the email, not all aspects of Facebook’s business were covered by the law. The company told employees that the documents relate exclusively to WhatsApp, its messaging service; Spark AR, its augmented reality studio; and a group of experiments with a new product, an internal incubator, were excluded from the law.

“You do not need to store documents or messages that relate exclusively to WhatsApp as a company product,” the letter says. “You must keep all WhatsApp messages related to other topics.”

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