Facebook’s Zuckerberg under fire from own employees over refusal to censor Trump

Last week Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg publicly disagreed with Twitter CEO @Jack over censoring Trump’s tweets and now his own employees are speaking out against him:

NY POST – Some Facebook employees are slamming the social network for not following Twitter’s example in flagging posts from President Trump.

Numerous Facebook workers — including a number identifying themselves as high-level employees — criticized the company on Twitter over the weekend as protests over the death of George Floyd gripped the nation.

“Mark is wrong, and I will endeavor in the loudest possible way,” Ryan Frietas, director of product design for Facebook’s News Feed, wrote on Twitter about Zuckerberg’s decision to leave Trump’s posts up untouched.

Twitter on Friday hid a tweet from Trump that included the phrase “when the looting starts, the shooting starts” behind a warning label. It explained the tweet violated Twitter’s rules against “glorifying violence” but was being left up as a “public service exception.”

Facebook declined to take action on the same message, with Zuckerberg saying in a Facebook post on Friday that while he found the remarks “deeply offensive,” the company decided they did not violate its policy against “incitements to violence.”

“Respect to @Twitter’s integrity team for making the enforcement call,” David Gillis, a director of product design, wrote. Despite saying that he understood Zuckerberg’s thinking in Facebook holding firm, he added that “It would have been right for us to make a ‘spirit of the policy’ exception that took more context into account.

Jason Toff, identified as a director of product management, tweeted that he was “not proud” of how Facebook was showing up, while another Facebook manager, Andrew Crow, said that he disagrees “with Mark’s position and will work to make change happen.”

“Giving a platform to incite violence and spread disinformation is unacceptable, regardless who you are or if it’s newsworthy,” Crow said.

The Post reports that on Friday Zuckerberg wrote more on this issue that he discussed last week with Dana Perino, writing that while he has a ‘visceral’ dislike of Trump’s tweets personally, that he is “responsible for reacting not just in my personal capacity but at the leader of an institution committed to free expression”.

Zuckerberg added “I disagree strongly with how the President spoke about this, but I believe people should be able to see this for themselves, because ultimately accountability for those in positions of power can only happen when their speech is scrutinized out in the open.”

That’s a position that I can respect and I do like that he’s taken that position. But with his own employees speaking out against him on the issue, I don’t have confidence that he’s gonna keep it.

Couple that with the fact that this is an election year and the pressure to censor Trump will just get more intense, I believe Zuckerberg will eventually get worn down to the point that he’ll fold and start censoring the president. I’d love to be wrong about this, but this is what I expect to happen.

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