Facebook employees are reportedly unhappy with the social media giant’s stance on the fact-checking and warning labels being applied this week to. Internal message board posts showed employees calling on Facebook execs to explain their stance, The Verge reported Friday.
The internal Facebook complaints follow a week of escalating friction between the president and social media companies, particularly Twitter, a Facebook competitor. On Tuesday, Trump tweeted that mail-in ballots would be nothing “less than substantially fraudulent,” promptingTrump followed by tweeting that he would take a “big action” against social media companies.
The situation culminated in. The order instructs the Commerce Department to ask the Federal Communications Commission to repeal or restrict Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act from 1996, a law that protects online platforms from liability for content posted by users.
“The censorship and bias is a threat to freedom itself,” Trump said at the signing. He accused social media companies of failing to be “neutral platforms.”
On Friday morning, Twitter also labelled a tweet by the president about protests and riots in Minnesota over the death of George Floyd in police custody. This time,
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Facebook employees reportedly used internal message boards to vent frustration at the stance Friday, as well as the absence of an explanation why Trump’s tweets on Twitter, which were cross-posted to Facebook, don’t violate the social media platform’s community standards.
“All this points to a very high risk of a violent escalation and civil unrest in November,” one employee reportedly wrote. “If we fail the test case here, history will not judge us kindly.”
The decision to keep the post about the Minnesota protests up on Facebook reportedly made another employee feel “sad and frankly ashamed.” The employee added that “hopefully there is still someone somewhere discussing how and why this is clearly advocating for violence.”
Facebook didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.