On Monday, Facebook employees walked away from their home desks and took to Twitter to blame Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg of insufficiently monitoring US President Donald Trump’s posts as strictly as the rival network did.
Reuters saw hundreds of online posts from workers critical of Zuckerberg’s decision to leave unchallenged Trump’s most offensive verbiage where Twitter had branded it. Some top managers took part in the strike, reminiscent of Google’s 2018 walkout against sexual misconduct at Alphabet.
It has been a rare case of workers putting their CEO to task publicly, with one employee tweeting involving thousands. Of them were all seven engineers on the teams maintaining the React code library which helps Facebook’s apps.
Facebook Encourages Workers
He added that he had “50 + likeminded people” organized to campaign for internal reform. A Facebook employee said the weekly Friday question-and-answer session for Zuckerberg would push up to Tuesday this week. Katie Zhu, Instagram’s marketing manager, tweeted a screenshot showing she ‘d joined “# BLACKLIVESMATTER” to explain her time off request as part of the walkout.
Facebook would encourage protesting workers to take their time off without drawing down their vacation days, spokesperson Andy Stone said. Online counselling business Talkspace said separately it ended Facebook collaboration talks.
In recent years, technology staff at organizations like Facebook, Google and Amazon have been addressing social justice concerns, encouraging businesses to change policies.
Twitter Puts Warning Mark on Trump’s Tweet
Last week national protests erupted in Minneapolis police custody last Monday after the death of a black man, George Floyd. Video footage shows a white cop standing for almost nine minutes on Floyd’s back until he died. Twitter put a warning mark on a Trump tweet on Friday that included the phrase “when the robbery begins, the shooting begins.” Twitter said it breached laws against glorifying abuse but was left as an exception to the public interest.
Facebook refused to act on the same post. Zuckerberg tried to distance his business from the fight between Twitter and the president. Zuckerberg said in a Facebook post on Friday that while he considered Trump’s comments “deeply offensive,” they did not infringe company policy against inciting violence and people would know if the government was preparing to use power.
Zuckerberg’s post also said the White House had been in touch with Facebook to clarify its policies. Twitter used the same name as Trump on Monday to cover a tweet from Florida’s representative Matt Gaetz. It associates protesters with terrorists. Also, called for any of them to be hunted “as we do those in the Middle East.”
Gaetz said he would “see” Twitter in the Judiciary Committee in response.
Some opposing workers on Facebook have praised Twitter for its response to Trump. Others also started organizing fundraisers for social justice organizations in Minnesota. It includes Jason Toff, a product management director and former head of the short-form video app Vine. On Monday, Zuckerberg wrote on Facebook that the company will donate another $10 million (roughly Rs. 75 crores) to causes of social justice.