Mark Zuckerberg Says Facebook Will Address Options for Handling Violating Content

Activists rip Facebook's Zuckerberg over Trump comments - The Jakarta Post

Activists rip Facebook's Zuckerberg over Trump comments - The Jakarta Post

"I know many people are upset that we've left the President's posts up, but our position is that we should enable as much expression as possible unless it will cause imminent risk of specific harms or dangers spelled out in clear policies", Zuckerberg said late last week in a Facebook post clarifying his position.

Yesterday, almost three dozen former employees from Facebook's early days blasted Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg's decision not to act against incendiary posts by US President Donald Trump as "cowardly" and a "betrayal" of company ideals. His announcement follows a revolt by employees over his decision to do nothing about messages the president posted about violence toward protesters and mail-in voting. "To members of our Black community: I stand with you".

The company will review policies on posts that promote or threaten state use of force or voter suppression techniques, and will also look into options for flagging or labeling posts that are a violation but shouldn't necessarily be removed entirely, the CEO wrote on Facebook. Trump separately claimed, falsely, that California is sending mail-in ballots to all residents.

Well, in an unprecedented move, Twitter on May 26th labelled tweets from US President Donald Trump as misleading.

"We are disappointed and stunned by Mark's incomprehensible explanations for allowing the Trump posts to remain up", said a statement from three leaders: Vanita Gupta of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Sherrilyn Ifill of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and Rashad Robinson of Color of Change.

That decision has been widely criticized, including inside Facebook. That decision led to the resignation of a former Facebook software engineer.

Zuckerberg's post comes after a week when dozens of Facebook employees staged a virtual walkout in protest against the company's decision, and have publicly posted about their disagreement on social media.

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Specifically, Twitter placed a warning label on a tweet posted by the president regarding protests that erupted after the death of George Floyd.

Zuckerberg acknowledged these concerns in his memo on Friday.

Additionally, Facebook will work to improve the transparency around how it generates these decisions and whether it can "change anything structurally to make sure the right groups and voices are at the table" when it will make a definitive choice around a controversial speech and moderation issue. Trump's threat to shut down platforms like Twitter and Facebook is his strongest yet within a broader conservative backlash against Big Tech. Just under 4% of Facebook's US -based staff is black and 5% is Hispanic, according to the company's most recent diversity report. Among senior leadership, only 3% are black and 3.5% are Hispanic.

On Friday, Luckie tweeted: "I honestly felt insulted reading Mark's post".

"So, we've seen politicians incite violence in Myanmar and in the Philippines. But there's little to be found there which is hugely disappointing".

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