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Facebook employees stage a virtual walkout over Zuckerberg’s inaction on Trump posts

By | Rachel Brooks

Staff | Telegraph Local 

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Above, WION News shares a broadcasted photocopy of the Trump tweet flagged for its policy violation due to violence “glorifying.”

Facebook employees staged a virtual walkout to protest CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s inaction regarding U.S. President Donald Trump’s recent controversial social media posts. This staged walkout was initially reported by The New York Times on June 1. The Facebook employees staged the walkout after Twitter flagged Mr. Trump’s recent tweets for user-violation policy, but Mr. Zuckerberg did not take a similar action at Facebook. The New York Times called the virtual walkout a “rare public criticism.” 

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The walkout strike saw many employees refusing to work in order to “show their support” of demonstrators across the country. These employees added an automated message to their digital profiles and email response messages to signal their “walk out.” A large number of Facebook employees are working remotely due to the lockdowns imposed by COVID-19 concerns. 

Facebook employees have not stopped at virtual walkouts. Petitions have circled the company. Threats of resignation escalate. 

“The hateful rhetoric advocating violence against black demonstrators by the US President does not warrant defense under the guise of freedom of expression,”wrote one Facebook employee in an internal company message board. This was quoted by The New York Times. The New York Times obtained a copy of the text of this original message thread. 

The same employee petitioned Mark Zuckerberg to take down any and all posts from the U.S. President Donald Trump that appear to advocate violence. 

 “Along with Black employees in the company, and all persons with a moral conscience, I am calling for Mark to immediately take down the President’s post advocating violence, murder and imminent threat against Black people,” said the employee, as quoted by The New York Times. The New York Times agreed to keeping the employee’s name anonymous. 

CNet corroborated The New York Times in stating that the Facebook protest was an anomaly for the company. The employees are protesting specifically because they feel the Facebook company did not take the correct course of action in supporting the president’s controversial statements via the platform. 

President Trump posted tweets that appeared hostile toward protesters of the murder of George Floyd by the Minneapolis, MN police office Derek Chauvin. Mr. Floyd was murdered by mechanical asphyxia when Chauvin brutally arrested him in relation to a fraud case. This is citing the independent autopsy review by Dr. Michael Baden and Dr. Allecia Wilson, forensic pathologists. Dr. Baden recently stated his and his colleague’s findings on Fox News. 

Mr. Trump was called into question in particular for stating that “when the looting starts the shooting starts.” Mr. Trump made this comment via his personal Twitter, which sparked the controversy with social media to a new escalation. This is due to the fact that some mistook the comments for a direct call for violence. Others made note of the historical implications of this phrase, see Statesman for more. 

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Mr. Trump also recently accused the mail-in voting system of 2020 election ballots as being conducive of voter fraud. This label was “two years in the making” citing The Washington Post and prompted the bitter escalation between the U.S. President and social media giants. 

It is not yet clear precisely what impact Facebook walkouts will have on revenue. See YCharts for information on Facebook quarterly performance. 

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