Facebook cares about diversity. It cares about equality, and it definitely cares about the LGBT community. Or at least that’s what they say.
Except less so when they’re strategically growing their business.
Earlier this week, Q Salt Lake reported that Facebook, Inc. donated $10,000 to the campaign of Attorney General Sean Reyes on May 13, 2014, according to disclosures filed with the Utah Lieutenant Governor’s office.
Reyes recently made national headlines by fighting a court ruling that would legalize gay marriage in the state.
But his anti-equality stance was only one factor Facebook took into account (or didn’t take into account) when they decided to cut the check. A company spokesperson told the Huffington Post:
Facebook has a strong record on LGBT issues and that will not change, but we make decisions about which candidates to support based on the entire portfolio of issues important to our business, not just one. A contribution to a candidate does not mean that we agree with every policy or position that candidate takes. We made this donation for the same reason we’ve donated to Attorneys General on the opposite side of this issue — because they are committed to fostering innovation and an open Internet.
Now there’s a Change.org petition created by QSaltLake Assistant Editor Bob Henline to urge the social network to pull support from the controversial politician.
“Facebook is used by everyone and shouldn’t be supporting those who would take away our rights,” one commenter on the petition writes.