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Facebook employees protest Trump posts with virtual walk-out

2020-06-01 18:57 by
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Some Facebook employees are virtually walking out today to challenge the tech giant's decision not to remove or flag a controversial post by US President Donald Trump last week.

A group of Facebook employees organized and formally requested the day off as a form of protest. According to the New York Times, the employees created an out-of-office automated email message to make it clear they were taking a stand against Facebook's laissez-faire approach to Trump's recent posts.

Facebook decided not to take any action against a series of controversial posts from Trump last week, including one that seemed to threaten violence against protestors by saying, "when the looting starts, the shooting starts." Twitter determined that the same message violated its rules against the glorification of violence last week, limiting the ability to view, like, reply, and retweet the post on its platform.

On Friday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg explained that the company's policy "allows discussion around state use of force, although I think today's situation raises important questions about what potential limits of that discussion should be." Additionally, Zuckerberg said "we think people need to know if the government is planning to deploy force."

A Facebook spokesperson told CNN Business: "We recognize the pain many of our people are feeling right now, especially our Black community. We encourage employees to speak openly when they disagree with leadership. As we face additional difficult decisions around content ahead, we'll continue seeking their honest feedback."

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