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Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg posted an apologetic, nearly 1500-word long screed Friday explaining why he’ll not censor the president of the United States for now but is considering changing the company’s policies sometime soon.
Amid the George Floyd “protests” and riots that emerged in late May, President Donald Trump posted to multiple social media networks warning that looters could face certain death.
The posts provoked so much mainstream outrage that social media companies swooped in for some damage control. In the case of Twitter, CEO Jack Dorsey chose to slap an unnecessary “glorifying violence” label on the president’s tweet. But over on Facebook, Zuckerberg decided to just leave the president’s post untouched.
I can’t stand back & watch this happen to a great American City, Minneapolis. A total lack of leadership. Either the…
The move by the Facebook CEO triggered rage not only from the left-wing media and congressional Democrat but from also from FB employees as well.
“Dozens of Facebook employees staged a virtual walkout on Monday, in an escalation of protests against CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s failure to act on President Trump’s ‘When the looting starts, the shooting starts’ post,” Forbes reported Tuesday.
The “walkout” involved the disgruntled left-wing employees fleeing to Twitter and tweeting about their gripes with their employer.
I work at Facebook and I am not proud of how we’re showing up. The majority of coworkers I’ve spoken to feel the same way. We are making our voice heard.
— Jason Toff (@jasontoff) June 1, 2020
I don’t know what to do, but I know doing nothing 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. I’m not alone inside of FB. There isn’t a neutral position on racism.
— Stirman (@stirman) May 30, 2020
Censoring information that might help people see the complete picture *is* wrong. But giving a platform to incite violence and spread disinformation is unacceptable, regardless who you are or if it’s newsworthy. I disagree with Mark’s position and will work to make change happen.
— Andrew (@AndrewCrow) June 1, 2020
As allies we must stand in the way of danger, not behind.
I will be participating in today’s virtual walkout in solidarity with the black community inside and outside FB.#BlackLivesMatter
— Sara Zhang (@superrrsara) June 1, 2020
Notice how most of the tweets were posted on Monday, June 1. The following morning, retired St. Louis police captain turned pawnshop owner David Dorn, a black man, was murdered in cold blood by these FB employees’ beloved looters.
A cursory glance of these employees’ Twitter feeds shows that not a single one of them ever tweeted about him or Dave Patrick Underwood, another black man murdered amid the riots. The president, on the other hand, did:
Our highest respect to the family of David Dorn, a Great Police Captain from St. Louis, who was viciously shot and killed by despicable looters last night. We honor our police officers, perhaps more than ever before. Thank you! pic.twitter.com/0ouUpoJEQ4
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 3, 2020
Two days later on Thursday, June 4, Zuckerberg finally responded by posting a lengthy screed vowing to potentially change the company’s policies to appease the mob.
“We’re going to review our policies allowing discussion and threats of state use of force to see if there are any amendments we should adopt,” he wrote. “There are two specific situations under this policy that we’re going to review.”
The first possible policy change will involve “instances of excessive use of police or state force. Given the sensitive history in the US, this deserves special consideration.”
The second possible change will pertain to “when a country has ongoing civil unrest or violent conflicts.”
“We already have precedents for imposing greater restrictions during emergencies and when countries are in ongoing states of conflict, so there may be additional policies or integrity measures to consider around discussion or threats of state use of force when a country is in this state,” Zuckerberg explained.
He also acknowledged the alleged “pain” his employees felt over the president issuing threats of violence against violent rioters, looters and killers.
“As we continue to process this difficult moment, I want to acknowledge the real pain expressed by members of our community. I also want to acknowledge that the decision I made last week has left many of you angry, disappointed and hurt,” he wrote.
View the full letter below:
I just shared the following note with our employees, and I want to share it with all of you as well.
As of Sunday morning, the president’s original post remained untouched. It’s unclear how long this will last.
Meanwhile over 140 so-called “scientists” who are reportedly funded by Zuckerberg have issued a joint statement demanding he “consider stricter policies on misinformation and incendiary language that harms people.”
“[Trump’s] statement ‘when the looting starts, the shooting starts’ is a clear statement of inciting violence,” the so-called scientists wrote.
It’s not clear whether these scientists are as credible as the 1,000+ “scientists” who’ve gone overnight from accusing lockdown protesters of endangering the lives of grandmothers to now praising Black Lives Matter protesters as they gather in groups of thousands to “protest,” riot, loot and sometimes kill.
— Jennifer Caron Hall (@JennyCaronHall) June 7, 2020
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