Facebook’s decision to not flag the inflammatory posts by Trump, resulted in the quitting of the company by two of The facebook software engineers.
On a LinkedIn post, Timothy Aveni said, “I cannot stand by Facebook’s continued refusal to act on the president’s bigoted messages aimed at radicalizing the American public.” He added, “I’m scared for my country, and I’m watching my company do nothing to challenge the increasingly dangerous status quo.”
Owen Anderson, another employee at Facebook announced his departure from the company. He announced this on Twitter.
The action taken by Aveni and Anderson shows the ongoing imbalance between Facebook and its employees.
On Tuesday, Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s CEO supported the company’s decision not to take action against Trump’s controversial posts. The controversial post talked about protests that have swept the nation in response to the death of George Floyd.
Trump On Facebook: “When The Looting Starts, The Shooting Starts”
Trump, on Twitter and Facebook, on Thursday used a phrase that “when the looting starts, the shooting starts.” This phrase was first used in the 1960s by a racist Miami police chief. Upon this usage of the phrase in 1960, one critic interpreted as a call for violence against demonstrators.
Trump further said that he would make National Guards complete the job rightly. After the tweet has been made forces have been used to scatter the protestors. The National Guard and federal law enforcement in Washington, D.C., and several other U.S. cities have used forces.
However, the President’s tweet was placed under warning by Twitter. Twitter claimed that Trump’s tweet promoted violence.
Moreover, Twitter also flagged the President’s tweet. The tweet reflected unbacked claims about mail-in voting. Those claims led him to sign an executive order aimed at lifting legal protections for social media companies.
But in a statement shared on Facebook on Friday, Zuckerberg held that “our position is that we should enable as much expression as possible unless it will cause an imminent risk of specific harms or dangers spelled out in clear policies.”
However, Facebook has not yet responded to the questions related to the departure of its two employees.