Mark Zuckerberg told Facebook staff he was ‘disgusted’ by Trump’s comments before staff rebelled and held a virtual strike over his refusal to remove them
- Mark Zuckerberg said the decision to leave Trump’s post was “pretty tough.”
- Trump shared a message last week saying ‘when the looting begins, the shooting begins’
- Post was hidden behind warning label on Twitter because site said ‘glorified violence’
- Facebook said: “People need to know if the government plans to use violence”
Mark Zuckerberg told Facebook staff that he was disgusted last week by Donald Trump’s inflammatory post about George Floyd protesters.
The Facebook CEO told staff that the president’s post is “not how I think we want our leaders to appear at this time,” saying the decision to give up was “pretty tough on him personally.”
Trump took to Facebook and Twitter last week to speak out about the protests sparked by the murder of George Floyd, a black man who died after a white officer knelt in the neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds.
Mark Zuckerberg (right) told Facebook workers that he was ‘disgusted’ last week by Donald Trump’s incendiary post about George Floyd protesters
The post included the line “when the looting begins, the shooting begins” used by segregationists in the 1960s.
The message was hidden behind a warning label on Twitter, and the site struck it down as “glorifying violence.”
Facebook, on the other hand, did nothing with Zuckerberg writing in a statement that “people need to know if the government plans to use force.”
Employees responded by organizing a massive virtual walkout in which they refused to work.
Trump took to Facebook and Twitter last week to speak out about the protests resulting from the murder of George Floyd
The post included the line ‘when the looting begins, the shooting begins’ used by segregationists in the 1960s
Zuckerberg gave a detailed explanation on Friday about his decision to keep the post live
Zuckerberg held a meeting with his employees shortly after he shared his statement justifying Facebook’s lack of action.
Color of Change President Rashad Robinson (photo) satirised Zuckerberg for ‘not being able to understand’ why his company’s response to the President’s post was wrong
In audio of the meeting, heard by The edge, Zuckerberg also criticized Twitter’s response to the Tweet.
He said, “If you really believe a post will get people to start using real violence, it’s not the kind of thing I think we should be talking about, not even behind a warning.”
Facebook has taken action in the past on controversial messages from world leaders.
In March, Facebook removed a post from Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who condemned it as “misinformation that could lead to bodily harm.”
Bolsonaro has shared a video suggesting that hydroxychloroquine could be a treatment for coronavirus.
Zuckerberg was also beaten by civil rights leaders for “not being able to understand” why his company’s response to the president’s post was wrong.
Color of change President Rashad Robinson said Bloomberg: “The problem with my ongoing conversations with Mark is that I feel like I’ve spent a lot of time, and my colleagues have spent a lot of time explaining to him why these things are a problem, and I think it’s just him very much lack the ability to understand it.
“He continues to do things and make decisions that harm communities and endanger people and is not responsible for them.”