As countless Meta employees question the wisdom and managerial talents of company CEO Mark Zuckerberg in the wake of another round of mass layoffs, a leaked memo he authored in 2010 that has just made its way around the Twitterverse is likely only adding fuel to the fire.
The leaked memo was written in response to a TechCrunch article published in September of that year purporting to break news of a Facebook initiative to create its own mobile phone – a piece that cited inside company sources said to have knowledge of the project.
In the article, two Facebook employees were referenced by name as having been tasked to work on the phone project, which TechCrunch claimed was unknown to most others at the company.
Apparently incensed by the story, Zuckerberg fired off an angry email to all Facebook staff, saying, “I'm asking whoever leaked this to resign immediately.”
“If you believe that it's ever appropriate to leak internal information, you should leave,” Zuckerberg added. “If you don't resign, we will almost certainly find out who you are anyway.”
Lamenting the toxic corporate atmosphere he feared the situation might cause, he added, “And leaks like this make everyone a little less willing to share information more broadly and undermine the culture we're fighting to build, especially as we grow.”
“I want people to continue to be able to ask difficult questions at our Q&As and have a strong dialog because they're confident those discussions will be kept within Facebook, the CEO continued.
Speaking of difficult Q&A sessions, Zuckerberg was just recently subjected to a series of uncomfortable questions from employees clearly concerned about their future at the company in the wake of its latest wave of job cuts, as the Daily Mail reported.
The CEO's grilling came during a recent company video conference that followed confirmation of reports that Meta would slash 10,000 positions in the months to come, a figure compounded by the 11,000 job cuts that took place at the end of 2022.
During the aforementioned company video call, Zuckerberg took supposedly anonymous questions from employees, and one worker bluntly wondered aloud how staffers could “trust leadership decisions after two rounds of layoffs.”
In response, Zuckerberg said, “I would guess that the way that you will evaluate whether you trust me and whether you want to work at this company is whether we're succeeding and making progress towards the overall state of goals.”
Zuckerberg was again put in a tough spot when another employee asked what had changed so dramatically since November when he assured staff that the massive layoffs occurring then would make additional ones unnecessary.
The CEO underscored what he described as a rapidly shifting economic landscape marked by continued volatility, explaining, “My guess is that we're not the only company that's going through multiple rounds of restructuring or things like that. I'm sure there are going to be a lot more as well over the long term.”
Those answers, combined with the incendiary and knee-jerk tone of the newly-leaked message from 2010, arguably point to the conclusion recently offered by Western Journal contributor and former business professor Mike Landry, namely that “Zuckerberg may be lacking the abilities required to manage a giant corporation.”