Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg has defended his decision in front of employees not to take action against Twitter President Donald Trump's controversial statement, unlike Twitter. The 36-year-old asked himself questions from employees via video conference. He said, among other things, that the threat of violence by governments is covered by the Facebook rules, the New York Times reported , citing a recording of the conversation.
The controversy is about a tweet from Trump, which was also mirrored on his Facebook profile. In it, the US President reacted to the first riots in Minneapolis after the death of African American George Floyd due to police violence. The president wrote that control would be restored and added: "When the looting starts, there will be shooting" - "when the looting starts, the shooting starts". The sentence is a historical quote. With these words, the then Miami chief of police announced tough action against the black population in 1967.
Compatible with Facebook's rules
Twitter warned Trump's tweet for violating the ban on glorifying violence on the platform. Zuckerberg, on the other hand, said last week that the post was compatible with Facebook's rules, even if he personally disliked such "divisive and seductive rhetoric". "But my responsibility is not just to respond personally, but as the head of an institution that is committed to freedom of speech," he wrote in a Facebook post.
He also followed this line of argument in the video conference with the employees. The rules that Facebook applied to the Trump post also ensured that the video of Floyd's death remained on the platform, he said , according to the technology website The Verge . In the conversation, many workers criticized the decision to make the Trump statements, the New York Times and The Verge said . One of the questions was why so many clever faces on Facebook turned a blind eye to avoid annoying Trump. Previously, several managers had publicly stated that they did not agree with the course. At least one programmer quit in protest.