So the actual staff of the company are demanding that they engage in radical censorship of the President of the United States.
Because after all, Twitter did it…
Some Facebook employees staged a virtual walkout on Monday to protest CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s decision not to take action on a series of controversial posts from President Donald Trump last week, a person familiar with the plans told CNN Business.
As part of the walkout, employees took the day off work. Managers at Facebook have been told by the company’s human resources department not to retaliate against staff who are planning to protest, or to make them used paid time-off, the source told CNN.
The New York Times first reported the protest.
The walkout comes alongside a rare wave of public dissent from Facebook employees on Twitter. Jason Stirman, a design manager at Facebook, said he disagreed with Zuckerberg’s decision to do “nothing” about Trump’s recent posts. “I’m not alone inside of FB. There isn’t a neutral position on racism,” he wrote in a tweet on Saturday.
“Giving a platform to incite violence and spread disinformation is unacceptable, regardless who you are or if it’s newsworthy,” Andrew Crow, head of design for Facebook’s Portal devices, tweeted over the weekend. “I disagree with Mark’s position and will work to make change happen.”
A Facebook spokesperson told CNN Business: “We recognize the pain many of our people are feeling right now, especially our Black community. We encourage employees to speak openly when they disagree with leadership. As we face additional difficult decisions around content ahead, we’ll continue seeking their honest feedback.”
The public pushback from employees comes after growing scrutiny of Facebook’s inaction. Last week, Twitter for the first time affixed a fact-check label to multiple Trump tweets about mail-in ballots and days later put a warning label on a tweet from Trump about the protest, in which he warned: “when the looting starts, the shooting starts.” While identical posts appeared on Facebook, the company chose to do nothing.
That really is incredible.
But I think we all understand that it was organized by high-level officials in the company. The media isn’t going to report that, but I think we understand it is obvious.
More than likely, Zuckerberg himself organized it, as he wants to look as though he’s pushing back with all his might against tech censorship.
The deal is, that if a government regime of free speech comes down, it is going to affect both Twitter and Facebook. So if Facebook can cozy up to Trump, Zuckerberg can protect the brutal censorship practices of the entire industry.
This is just so self-explanatory that it is incredible that the media is able to not state the obvious.
But there they are.