Facebook staff members take to Twitter to criticize Zuckerberg’s ‘no fact-check’ position on Trump’s tweets

Facebook staff members take to Twitter to criticize Zuckerberg’s ‘no fact-check’ position on Trump’s tweets

Last week, referring to the protests in Minnesota over the murder of George Floyd by police, United States President Donald Trump threatened that military forces would open fire if the scenario was not brought under control, in a tweet.

Now, a number of Facebook workers are articulating their annoyance about this decision on Twitter Previously today, the business’s director of item management, Jason Toff, said that “he’s not proud of how we’re appearing.”

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I work at Facebook and I am not happy with how we’re showing up. Most of colleagues I’ve talked to feel the same method. We are making our voice heard.

— Jason Toff (@jasontoff) June 1, 2020

Several other employees have also chimed their viewpoints about Mark Zuckerberg’s choice to keep the tweet up on Facebook.

I’m a FB employee that totally disagrees with Mark’s choice to do nothing about Trump’s recent posts, which plainly prompt violence.

— Stirman (@stirman) May 30, 2020

Internally we are voicing our issues, so far to no avail. I personally will continue to bring it up until something has actually is altered. https://t.co/JE8SYttOM1

— Sara Zhang (@superrrsara) May 29, 2020

I remain in the exact same boat. There is no way we will continue to not do anything. https://t.co/aYUeiNDj79

— Margo Very Stern (@wordstern) May 31, 2020

Bloomberg reporter Sarah Frier kept in mind that this sort of public airing of dissatisfaction from Facebook staff members is unusual:

Context: Facebook declined to act on Trump’s posts that Twitter put a caution on, saying Trump was glorifying violence. Well, a couple days later on and there’s been a lot of violence. This public dissatisfaction from employees is exceptionally rare at Facebook.

— Sarah Frier (@sarahfrier) June 1, 2020

According to a report by The Brink published last week, Facebook workers are protesting against the business’s decision on its internal online forum. It noted that Monika Bickert, the business’s vice president of worldwide policy management, wrote a post on Facebook’s internal site saying Facebook shouldn’t be in the business of vetting what political leaders say in the context of political debate:

We do not think that a private innovation company like Facebook ought to remain in the business of vetting what political leaders state in the context of a political argument. As holds true with the President’s tweets, speech from prospects and chosen authorities is highly scrutinized and discussed. We believe individuals need to be permitted to hear what political leaders say, make up their own minds, and hold politicians to account.

Last week, in an interview with Fox News, Zuckerberg stated Facebook won’t fact-check political leaders. This drew extreme criticism from all corners with some satire websites stating him dead

Zuckerberg’s comments come at a time when executives from significant tech companies such as Apple, Google, Twitter, and Spotify are issuing statement in support of the Black neighborhood. The tweet below from The Plug creator Sherrell Dorsey links to a database of tech business and their leaders who have spoken out in uniformity with the Black neighborhood.

Hey, folks!

So with the assistance of many you and my new editorial assistant, we have actually established a database of tech companies/CEOs that have made public declarations in support of Black employees & neighborhoods during this time.

View our spreadsheet here: https://t.co/ZKGevOkCgM

— Sherrell Dorsey (@Sherrell_Dorsey) May 30, 2020

Earlier today, Zuckerberg published a post on Facebook in solidarity with the Black neighborhood and stated the company will be donating $10 million to groups dealing with racial justice. Nevertheless, there was no talk about Trump’s posts.

We have actually asked Facebook to supply a discuss what action it is taking in reaction to its dissenting workers, and we’ll update the story if we hear back.

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