US civil rights groups officials criticized the founder of the digital content platform Facebook for not moderating controversial messages from the US President.
Several leaders of US civil rights groups criticized this Tuesday the founder of the digital content platform Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, for refusing to moderate controversial messages from the President of the United States, Donald Trump.
“We are disappointed and surprised by Mark’s incomprehensible explanations for his decision to keep Trump’s publications,” said Vanita Gupta, Sherrilyn Ifill and Rashad Robinson, leaders of three major civil rights organizations in the United States.
The reaction of the activists comes after a telephone conversation on Monday night with Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg, number two on Facebook.
“He [Mark Zuckerberg] has shown no understanding of historical and contemporary restrictions on voting rights and refuses to recognize the extent to which Facebook facilitates Trump’s calls for violence against protesters,” said the three officials.
“We thank the leaders of the civic rights groups for sharing frank and honest comments with Mark and Sheryll. This is an important time to listen and we hope to be able to continue those conversations, ”replied a Facebook spokesman, about Monday night’s phone call.
The social network decided not to tamper with the US President’s messages about postal voting and the threat of using force against US citizens who protest against police brutality, racism and social inequality.
Already according to The Wall Street Journal, Zuckerberg said this Tuesday, during a company meeting, that Trump’s publications are “deeply offensive”, but that this does not justify private companies to interfere in the political speech.
Mark Zuckerberg is in a delicate position after demarcating himself from the position taken by the executive director of the social network Twitter, Jack Dorsey, who opted for a signaling of the Trump publications considered deceptive and which mask incitement to violence.
Zuckerberg preferred to make these messages visible, invoking freedom of expression and the public’s interest in being informed.
Internally, several officials have repudiated their boss’s position, launching an online strike on Monday to mark their disagreement with the policy they consider to be very negligent. Officials asked Facebook to abandon the neutral position it has maintained.
So far, at least two employees, both software engineers, have resigned.
Timothy J. Aveni announced his departure publicly with a message posted on LinkedIn. Owen Anderson, on the other hand, shared on Twitter feeling “proud” for not being part of the company.
I am proud to announce that as of the end of today, I am no longer a Facebook employee.
— Owen Anderson (@OwenResistor) June 1, 2020