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Facebook employees lash out over company’s handling of Trump posts

  • June 01, 2020
A Facebook engineer inputting computer code at his desk.

Several Facebook employees have publicly spoken out against the company’s stance on how it handles posts from President Donald Trump.

Last Friday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg defended the social network’s decision to leave up a post by the president in which he warned “when the looting starts, the shooting starts.” 

While Twitter labeled Trump’s tweet as violating rules about “glorifying violence,” Facebook left the president’s post untouched.

The decision prompted employees, including Jason Toff, a product management director with Facebook, to publicly criticize the company’s decision.

“I work at Facebook and I am not proud of how we’re showing up,” wrote Toff. “The majority of coworkers I’ve spoken to feel the same way. We are making our voice heard.”

Jason Stirman, who works on research and development at Facebook, said the company’s decision is “not acceptable.”

“I’m a FB employee that completely disagrees with Mark’s decision to do nothing about Trump’s recent posts, which clearly incite violence,” wrote Stirman. “I’m not alone inside of FB. There isn’t a neutral position on racism.”

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On Friday, Zuckerberg said in a post published on the platform while he disagrees with Trump’s post, the content should be out in the open for Facebook users to decide for themselves.

“I know many people are upset that we’ve left the President’s posts up, but our position is that we should enable as much expression as possible unless it will cause imminent risk of specific harms or dangers spelled out in clear policies,” said Zuckerberg.

Last week, Twitter clashed with Trump over fact checking tweets posted by the president on mail-in ballots. Two tweets from Trump include the message “get the facts about mail-in ballots” which links to information disputing the president’s claims. Trump later blasted Twitter, threatening to “strongly regulate” social media platforms.

During multiple media interviews, Zuckerberg questioned the fact check, saying private companies should not serve as an “arbiter of truth.” Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey defended the decision in response to Zuckerberg’s remarks.

“Our intention is to connect the dots of conflicting statements and show the information in dispute so people can judge for themselves,” said Dorsey.

Follow Brett Molina on Twitter: @brettmolina23.

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