Sat. Dec 5th, 2020

Facebook staff in 'virtual walkout' over Zuckerberg's stance on Trump

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A number of senior Facebook staff have staged a ‘virtual walkout’ in protest over the way Mark Zuckerberg has handled Donald Trump’s inflammatory language.

Zuckerberg appeared to back Trump when the President criticised Twitter over for censoring his statements over the recent death of George Floyd.

The President posted identical statements on Twitter and Facebook but only Twitter took the decision to add fact-checking labels.

Now, in a rare show of dissent, Facebook staff have called out their CEO publicly for not standing up to the President.

‘Mark is wrong, and I will endeavour in the loudest possible way to change his mind,’ wrote Ryan Freitas, director of product design for Facebook’s News Feed, on Twitter.

David Gillis, a director of product design, said that Facebook’s rival Twitter made the right call: ‘I think it would have been right for us to make a ‘spirit of the policy’ exception that took more context into account.’

As many are working from home due to the coronavirus crisis, they have staged a ‘virtual’ walkout to show their dissatisfaction.

Andrew Crow, head of design for Facebook’s Portal product, said: ‘Giving a platform to incite violence and spread disinformation is unacceptable, regardless who you are or if it’s newsworthy.’

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