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Mark Zuckerberg Facing Backlash Over Inaction On Trump’s Inflammatory Posts

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is being criticized around the world for his ambiguous stand on the post by President Donald Trump. This led to many employees publically voicing their concerns against the company and its policies.

Notably, the USA has been erupting in protests ever since a black man called George Floyd was killed by a white police officer. Proceeding that, the response of US President Donald Trump was far from satisfactory. Trump used Facebook to say that he will not hesitate in giving orders to shoot the protestors.

“These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won’t let that happen,” Trump tweeted shortly before 1 a.m. Friday, adding, “Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts.”

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This led to demands that Facebook take down this inflammatory post. However, despite these grave concerns, Zuckerberg decided that it should remain. This has led to employees staging a walkout with one employee even resigning from the organization.

WHAT DID MARK ZUCKERBERG SAY?

Mark Zuckerberg seemed to express solidarity with protestors. He even criticized Trump but fell short of the big decision.

“How to handle this post from the president has been very tough,” said Zuckerberg. “It’s been something that I’ve been struggling with basically all day, ever since I woke up … This has been personally pretty wrenching for me.”

“My first reaction [to Trump’s post] was just disgust,” he added. “This is not how I think we want our leaders to show up during this time. This is a moment that calls for unity and calmness and empathy for people who are struggling.”

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Mark Zuckerberg Facing Backlash Over Inaction On Trump's Inflammatory Posts

Zuckerberg also told employees Facebook would review the policies that allowed Trump’s post to stay up.

“There is a real question coming out of this, which is whether we want to evolve our policy around the discussion of state use of force. Over the coming days, as the National Guard is now deployed, probably the largest one that I would worry about would be excessive use of police or military force. I think there’s a good argument that there should be more bounds around the discussion around that.”

Mark Zuckerberg needs to understand the reach and influence of his company. It extends beyond one or two people. That’s why taking down this post from the company becomes very necessary.

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