Facebook made one of its most controversial content moderation decisions in company history. President Trump posted tweets that Twitter had placed behind a warning for’glorifying violence’. Mark Zuckerberg said that the company would allow them to stand.
Zuckerberg said in a Facebook post that’many people are upset that we’ve left the president’s posts up’.’our position is that we should enable as much expression as possible,’ he said.
In 1967, Miami police chief called for a violent crackdown on the city’s black community. A long weekend of violence followed in the U.S. with police assaulting protesters and bystanders across the country.
Zuckerberg said that Facebook left the post up for two reasons: that the government is planning to deploy force. He said that the original post was warning about the possibility that looting could lead to violence. So whether or not Trump meant to incite violence, Facebook had good reason to let the post stand.
In audio of the meeting that I obtained, Zuckerberg said that he had agonized over the decision. He was joined in the discussion by his head of policy management, Monika Bickert.
Zuckerberg reiterated his unhappiness with Trump’s remarks.’this is not how I think we want our leaders to show up during this time,’ Zuckerberg said.
Executives concluded that Trump’s remarks did n’t violate their existing policies. But they said they would re-examine their policies around politicians discussing the use of state force on Facebook.
Zuckerberg said he would worry about excessive use of police or military force. He did not say what more’bounds’ would mean in this case, or whether the policy should change to disallow posts like Trump’s.
Zuckerberg said he disagrees with Twitter’s approach of placing violating tweets behind a warning.’some people might be comforted that Twitter took a step, even if it did n’t go all the way,’ he said.
Zuckerberg’s message to employees was that Facebook would do so in the future if the president violated a company policy. That satisfied some employees, but to others it smacked of appeasement.
Over the weekend, the long-standing norm that Facebook employees never criticize their employer in public seemed to shatter, tweet by Tweet.
An internal group devoted to the effort had about 400 people, sources said. The collective worker action was the most significant in the company’s 15-year history.
The walkout’completely disagrees with Mark’s decision to do nothing about Trump’s recent posts,’ tweeted Jason Stirman.’there is n’t a neutral position on racism’.
Jason Toff, a former employee of Twitter and Google, now works on experimental apps at Facebook. Toff:’the majority of coworkers I’ve spoken to feel the same way. We are making our voice heard’.
Dozens of employees staged a virtual walkout on Monday. Some senior employees have threatened to resign if Zuckerberg does n’t reverse his decision.
I will be participating in today’s virtual walkout in solidarity with the black community inside and outside FB.’as allies we must stand in the way of danger, not behind,’ tweeted Sara Zhang, a product designer at Facebook.
The Google walkout over sexual harassment kicked open the doors in 2018. Hundreds of Facebook employees signed an open letter to Zuckerberg in October about exempt political ads from fact-checking.
The protests were public first – and posted about on a rival social network. For Facebook workers, the choice to discuss their concerns on Twitter was remarkably effective. Twitter is where journalists live, and so the posts were guaranteed to generate coverage.
None of these employees has yet quit, nor have they suggested, as WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton once did, that people’delete Facebook’. But what they shared was a sense of shame in their employer that remains extraordinary among tech workers.
Facebook’s inaction in taking down Trump’s post inciting violence makes me ashamed to work here,’ tweeted Lauren Tan, an engineer.’this is n’t right,’ she said.
‘we recognize the pain many of our people are feeling right now, especially our black community,’ the company said.’we encourage employees to speak openly when they disagree with leadership’.
The idea that there’s no line Trump ca n’t cross on Facebook does n’t strike me as plausible. It was barely two months ago that the company removed a post by the president of Brazil for promoting a phony coronavirus cure.
A large number of employees have signaled that red line has already been crossed. For Zuckerberg and his policy team, Trump is a legalistic problem.
Facebook’s scale depends on courting Republicans and Democrats equally. Zuckerberg argues for Trump’s right to free expression at work.
Since its founding, Facebook has been dedicated to the idea that you only get to have one real identity. When employees logged off Monday, the company began to see the limits of having it both ways.
Senior black executives were meeting with Zuckerberg on Monday. Facebook is having an all-hands meeting with employees Tuesday. Walkout organizers are developing a list of demands for the company.
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Youtube is donating $ 1 million to the center for policing equity. The company tweeted that it was pledging the funds’in support of efforts to address social injustice’.
A technical glitch on TikTok made it look like posts using the hashtags # BlackLivesMatter and # georgefloyd were receiving zero views.
At least 104,700 reported cases in the US. Total deaths are reported in California, more than 1,807,200.
Total test results (positive and negative) in New York: 2,063,825. Total tests are reported in the New York City.
Reported cases in New Jersey: 746,145. Total test results (positive and negative) in the New Jersey state: 746,145.
Total test results (positive and negative) in Illinois is 898,259. Total results are reported in Illinois. Total tests are reported.
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Protests in downtown Washington and near the White House were widespread Sunday night and into Monday morning. What started as largely peaceful protests over last week’s police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis deteriorated after dark. Rioters smashed Windows, starting fires and overturning vehicles – despite an 11 p.m. curfew.
Alarming text was full of confrontations between police and protesters. It was n’t clear how many of the images were from Washington, as opposed to other U.S. cities facing unrest.
Misinformation about the unrest is also going viral on the platforms. Not just in DC, the Wall Street Journal reports.
Authorities and law enforcement officials are helping to push a narrative that outside groups were responsible for inciting violent confrontations. There’s little evidence for those claims.
Over the weekend, people across the US have captured what may be the most comprehensive live picture of police brutality ever. Images and videos of those scenes captured across the country were shared widely across social sites.
In the aftermath of the police response to protests, vulnerable communities may be even less likely to trust and cooperate with health officials. That could make it harder to control another wave of illness.
The Dallas police department asked people to send in’video of illegal activity’ from the black lives matter protests in the city. Instead, it received a flood of pictures and videos of K-Pop artists.
Apple CEO Tim Cook addressed the killing of George Floyd in a letter to employees. He also said the company would be donating to the equal justice initiative, a non-profit focusing on racial injustice.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai emailed employees on Friday about the growing protests and unrest in the US. The tech exec did not commit to supporting any specific government policy changes in response to the protests.
Snap CEO Evan Spiegel called for the creation of an American commission to address racial injustice and comprehensive tax reform. In a lengthy note to employees, he said he was’heartbroken and enraged’ by racism in America.
Trump’s executive order on social media companies could backfire. Without certain liability protections, companies like Twitter would have to be more aggressive about policing messages that press the boundaries.
Trump’s order could hurt online speech by pressuring social media platforms to give his content preferential treatment. Charles Duan, Jeffrey westling and Jeffrey westling could also hurt speech.
President Trump’s decision to go after Twitter for fact-checking his tweets is part of a long tradition. A power user with a passionate following is lashing out against the moderators of his favorite Internet services.
Senate lawmakers are unveiling a bipartisan bill to regulate contact-tracing and exposure-notification apps. Their goal is to ensure that apps meant to combat the coronavirus do n’t come at the expense of users’ privacy.
State-Based contact tracing apps could be a disaster. With no national plan for these apps, security and interoperability issues loom large.
Youtube said it made a mistake in deleting videos about the controversial drug hydroxychloroquine. The content appears to have been collateral damage in the company’s fight against covid-19 misinformation.
Many of the applicants who had agreed to work at Google were let go without severance or financial compensation. This came after weeks of uncertainty as Google repeatedly postponed their start dates during which time they were not paid by Google or the staffing agencies.
Some would-be contractors left full-time jobs after receiving an offer at Google. They are now looking for work in a difficult labor market.
coronavirus mutual aid groups are organizing on Slack. They’re distributing groceries and spare air conditioners using tools designed to turn labor into money as efficiently as possible.
Zoom plans to roll out strong encryption for paying its customers – but not for those with free accounts. The encryption will be rolled out for paying customers.
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