Facebook's internal criticism of the decision of the executive board to leave a controversial post by President Donald Trump about the unrest in Minneapolis. Dozens of employees in the online network virtually went on strike on Monday, the New York Times newspaper said , citing senior employees. To do this, they logged into Facebook systems and applied for a day off to support the protests against racist police violence in America.
The background is posts by Trump, which was directed against riots in the protests following the death of African American George Floyd during a brutal arrest in Minneapolis. Among other things, the president wrote about arsonists: "When looting begins, shooting begins." Twitter then provided the tweet with a warning about the glorification of violence. Facebook left the corresponding post on Trump's profile untouched.
CEO Mark Zuckerberg justified himself on Friday with a Facebook post. "I know that many people are upset that we have left the President 's posts like this, but our position is that we should allow as much of an opinion as possible, provided that it does not pose an immediate risk of certain harm or hazard that be spelled out in clear policies. "
Even if it was a digital strike, it was the first time that Facebook employees had stopped working.