It’s hard to blame someone Fleeing from a burning building. The same can be applied to Silicon Valley, where tHe is the head of public relations to meet, fAcebook’s parent company is resigning.
As reported by the first The Wall Street Journal, John Pinett, vice president of global communications, announced the news to employees on Friday after overseeing the company’s external communications since 2019. The tech giant is struggling to get out when his departure Several PR fires, Among the most significant Them Fall from “Facebook Papers, ”A series of defamatory reports first published by the journal last autumn that included thousands of leaked internal documents.
“Today will be my last day to meet,” Pinet wrote in the post, which was reviewed by the journal. “I know the team will continue to improve as you perform the most important and difficult tasks of communication.”
Meta later confirmed his departure in a statement to several media outlets.
“John Pinet has left the meta. We are grateful for his positive contribution at an intense and significant time in the company’s history, and wish him well, “the company said in an email to Gizmodo on Saturday.
A spokesman for the Meter said Reuters That Chris Norton, vice president of international communications, will already be taking the role. So far, in a statement to Meta Reuters, it has not publicly commented on why Pinet has left, citing the company’s policy of not commenting on employees.
Pinet joined the company in 2019 with more than two decades of experience in the corporate communications industry, including a previous position as director of Google’s Asia Pan-Regional Communications and head of communications at Microsoft.
In September, Frances Haugen, a former member of Facebook’s now-defunct Citizen Integrity Group, shared thousands of internal employee discussions, memos, research, presentations and other company documents at various news outlets in one of Silicon Valley’s biggest leaks so far.
As commonly referred to Facebook PapersThe leaked documents, among other things, show that Instagram researchers have studied the link between children’s mental health and its products extensively, and are deeply aware of how harmful the app can be, especially for teenage girls. In response, the US Senate called on Facebook To testify Hearing about its harmful effects on young users of Instagram.
Under significant political pressure, the company backtracked on previously announced plans to create a version of Instagram specifically aimed at kids, although Instagram CEO Adam Moseri later made it clear to lawmakers that it The idea has not completely stalled. Other revelations from Facebook documents, including Facebook’s inadequate policy to prevent its spread Climate misinformation And internal rifts with its management Political advertising, Has also drawn public scrutiny.