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Facebook workers slam Zuckerberg over Trump’s inflammatory posts

The growing employee backlash against Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg over his refusal to act on President Donald Trump’s incendiary tweets about protests is exposing a fracture inside the company over the boss’ commitment to letting politicians speak freely.
Scores of employees across the country彩票信誉平台, including at management level, declined to work on Monday in protest. And many took to social media to express their dissent — a rare act of public defiance of Zuckerberg at a tight-lipped company where many employees revere him.
“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, a director of product management, tweeted on Monday.
“The hateful rhetoric advocating violence against Black demonstrators by the U.S. president does not warrant defense under the guise of free expression,” one company official posted on their Facebook profile. The person, a former Republican senior staffer who was among those who took off work, declined to be named out of concern about public recrimination.
The intensity of the reaction is a particularly revealing example of how Zuckerberg’s approach to political involvement is creating as many problems for him as it is solving. Liberals wonder if the man having private phone calls and dinners with Trump is cozying up to the administration, while conservatives allege that Facebook's efforts to draw lines on certain content smack of bias. In deciding in this latest case not to act against the president of the United States, Zuckerberg may find that he has put himself in the most contentious position yet — risking internal revolt.
The Trump tweet that ignited the debate came early Friday morning, about protests over the death of George Floyd under the knee of a white Minneapolis police officer. "When the looting starts, the shooting starts," he tweeted in part. Twitter labeled the tweet for "glorifying violence" for threatening demonstrators, though Trump later said he was referring to looters themselves becoming violent. Zuckerberg declined to take action despite what he described in a post as a "visceral negative reaction" to Trump's post.
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