Zuckerberg Cracks, Tells Employees He is Considering Policy Change on Trump Posts

As Americans continue to protest the death of George Floyd this week, social media has been a sounding board for any and every opinion under the sun.  Some are thoughtful and compassionate, others are hurtful and ignorant.

There have been some incredibly tense moments both in the real world and the online world, which has acted a bit like a parallel dimension in these days.  Friends and family are at each other’s throats on Facebook and Twitter, trying to explain to each other something that none of us really understand.  This is an unprecedented time in America, and some of this experience is new to each and every one of us.

This has left social media organizations scrambling with how to handle the outpouring of opinions and information.  Facebook has been a particularly tense battleground of free speech after founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has taken a hands-off approach to some of the things being said by the President of the United States.

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It appears as though that could be changing soon.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg reportedly told employees angered by the decision not to remove recent posts by President Donald Trump from the platform that the company may review its policies around the “discussion of state use of force,” potentially censoring President Trump and other world leaders.

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The Verge reports that social media giant Facebook has faced internal turmoil after CEO Mark Zuckerberg refused to censor certain posts by President Trump that many employees believed were a call to violence. Last Friday, Twitter censored a tweet from President Trump in which he addressed violent protesters stating, “when the looting starts, the shooting starts,” behind a warning label noting that the tweet violated Twitter’s rules relating to “glorifying violence.”

Facebook originally hesitated to censor or label the post in question, but there are doubts about the future of that stance.

Now, leaked audio obtained by the Verge shows that Zuckerberg addressed employees about the decision in a video conference call on Friday in which he stated that the Silicon Valley giant could change its policies relating to the moderation of posts by politicians, a policy that would be primarily aimed at Trump.

“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,” Zuckerberg said. “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,” he added.

With these demonstrations likely to last for several days or weeks longer, there is sure to be further discussion deep within the Facebook braintrust.

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