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Facebook tells staff to stop discussing abortion at work

Social media giant, Facebook has reportedly banned staff from talking about abortion on its internal platform, Workplace. According to The Verge, the ban has been imposed due to an “increased risk” the company would be seen as a “hostile work environment.” According to a report of the story by UK newspaper, Metro, Meta’s VP of HR, Janelle Gale, reportedly revealed that abortion was “the most divisive and reported topic” by employees on Workplace. It claims a recording of her comments exists, where she said: “Even if people are respectful, and they’re attempting to be respectful about their view on abortion, it can still leave people feeling like they’re being targeted based on their gender or religion.” The ‘ban’ comes at the same time a backlash is brewing against fears the Supreme Court is set to overturn Roe v Wade – which currently gives women the legal right to an abortion. By contrast, other companies have recently announced they will help pay for their employees to have abortions.

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