Former Facebook staffers launch Integrity Institute

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For the last 10 months, he and Sahar Massachi, another former Facebook staffer who helped build the company's election and civic integrity teams from their earliest days, have been quietly creating an independent organization they hope could help not just Facebook, but also the entire tech industry and lawmakers alike navigate some of the trickiest questions facing integrity workers today. Called the Integrity Institute, its goal is to build a network of integrity professionals who are currently employed or were previously employed by tech companies and work toward some kind of public consensus about the nitty gritty scientific and philosophical questions that integrity teams have mostly tried to answer behind closed doors. Massachi joined Facebook in 2016 and was one of the earliest members of its election integrity team, working on a dashboard to monitor the Alabama special election in 2017 and, later, on Facebook's election war room. In January, Massachi began reaching out to former Facebook integrity workers, including Allen, to see if they were interested in forming something of a super group outside of the company. The Institute has won the support of some leaders in the integrity space, including Samidh Chakrabarti, who led the civic integrity team at Facebook before it was dissolved and has since become an outspoken critic of Facebook. Allen and Massachi know better than almost anyone how integrity workers' recommendations can be thwarted or ignored in the face of competing priorities like growth. Allen and Massachi want to turn integrity work into an established discipline of its own.
Former Facebook staffers launch Integrity Institute



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