The United States, the worst affected by the Corona crisis, has been facing another crisis for the last few days.
Facebook employees have strongly criticized the company’s decision not to remove President Trump’s controversial post.
President Donald Trump did this post last week.
Trump also posted a tweet on Facebook about demonstrations in Minneapolis over the death of George Floyd in police custody.
Twitter has issued a warning on this tweet of Trump. Twitter says that it glorifies violence, while Facebook’s opinion that this post does not violate the company’s policy.
But some Facebook employees have said that they are ’embarrassed’ at it.
President Donald Trump said he would “deploy the National Guard” to overcome violence, and also warned that “when the loot begins, the shooting will begin.”
After Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said that Trump’s post did not violate the company’s policy of inciting violence, the post was left out.
In a Facebook office on Tuesday, employees also performed a “virtual boycott”, with some staff leaving messages stating that they were protesting and therefore shutting down work.
Mark Zuckerberg wrote, “People can agree or disagree on where we should draw this Laxman line, but I hope they understand our philosophy that it is better to leave this issue for open debate, especially when many Some are at stake. ”
“The way President Trump spoke about this, I completely disagree with this, but I agree that this should be seen in the eyes of the people because ultimately the responsibility of the people in power can be fixed only. Whereas his words should be debated in public. ”
‘Doing nothing is like giving consent’
Many Facebook employees have expressed their displeasure over Facebook’s decision not to take any action.
Lauren Tan, a software engineer, has said, “Facebook is silent about the removal of Trump’s post that incites violence, I’m ashamed that I work here.”
“I don’t agree at all … Not doing anything is the same as agreeing.” However, many people say that in view of the current situation, social media should have changed its policy.
David Gillis, director of product design at Facebook, says, “As a company, we try to raise the morale of the black peers we work with in order to combat the violence and adverse conditions in society.” I should not be alone. ”
According to The Verge, many workers also expressed resentment over the company’s decision by using Facebook’s messaging system.
Facebook said it “has an idea” of how many employees are feeling at the moment.
A company spokesperson said that “top executives of the company encourage our employees to keep their views open in cases of heartburn. We will continue to face difficult situation regarding our content but we will keep asking for honest feedback.” . ”
Joseph Evans, tech head of Enders Analysis, said that “this is not the first time employees of tech companies have raised their voice against their company, it has happened before. In 2018, Google employees about the company’s attitude with women Had done a walkout. Those who work for these companies are told that they are working for a better world and they believe in this. ”
“In such a situation, technology companies have to keep trying to avoid the action of regulators, to maintain their profits and to retain good employees.”
On Friday, Donald Trump and Mark Zuckerberg spoke on the phone. There is no information about what happened between the two, but according to the Axios news website, both have described the discussion as positive.
“We against racism”
Today Facebook has announced a donation of one million dollars “to end the injustice caused by racism”.
On social media, the company said, “We are listening to your voice, we are watching you and we are with you.”
“We are against racism. We are with everyone working in this fight for justice for the Black community and George Floyd, Breona Taylor, Ahmed Arbury and others.
However, till now it is not clear how and where this one million dollars will be spent.