Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is facing criticism from employees for failing to censor comments made on the platform by President Donald Trump. Ryan Freitas, a director of product design for the Facebook News Feed, says: "Mark is wrong, and I will endeavor in the loudest possible way to change his mind."
Reuters reports that Facebook employees angered by CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s ruling to leave comments made by President Trump on the platform took to Twitter over the weekend to express their dissatisfaction with Mark Zuckerberg’s refusal to censor the president. Many employees praised Twitter for taking action on President Trump’s recent tweets which prompted a recent executive order on social media.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told employees that he stood by his decision not to challenge inflammatory posts by Trump, refusing to give ground a day after staff members staged a rare public protest https://t.co/Bybrfph7o4— Reuters (@Reuters) June 3, 2020
In a leaked recording of an all-hands meeting, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg reaffirmed to his employees that Facebook would not take down President Trump’s post reading, “When the looting starts, the shooting starts” https://t.co/WMhSG1VLyZ— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) June 2, 2020
“Mark is wrong, and I will endeavor in the loudest possible way to change his mind,” wrote Ryan Freitas, identified on Twitter as director of product design for Facebook’s News Feed.
I apologize if you were waiting for me to have some sort of external opinion. I focused on organizing 50+ likeminded folks into something that looks like internal change.— Ryan Freitas (@ryanchris) June 1, 2020
The primary ask will be to re-evaluate a binary process around “leave up or remove”. We have mitigations. Dozens of them. We know because we designed them.— Ryan Freitas (@ryanchris) June 1, 2020
A Facebook employee resigns.— Donie O'Sullivan (@donie) June 2, 2020
"Mark always told us that he would draw the line at speech that calls for violence. He showed us on Friday that this was a lie." pic.twitter.com/29YbQ0I27O
Facebook employees staged a virtual walkout on Monday, with many expressing anger and dismay that CEO Mark Zuckerberg has refused to take down controversial posts from President Donald Trump. https://t.co/t4e7tpgjG9— CNN (@CNN) June 2, 2020
I've shared others posts, but I need to be clear–FB is on the wrong side of this and I can't support their stance. Doing nothing isn't Being Bold. Many of us feel this way.— Nate Butler 🖤 (@iamnbutler) June 1, 2020
I work at Facebook and I am not proud of how we’re showing up. The majority of coworkers I’ve spoken to feel the same way. We are making our voice heard.— Jason Toff (@jasontoff) June 1, 2020