Mark Zuckerberg might not have enough guts to stop Trump but Facebook employees have taken things in their own hands. They have reached their breaking point especially when Zuckerberg tried to express his “disgust” privately. On Monday, a group of Facebook employees took the day off in protest and made an out-of-office automated email message to let everyone know that it was because of Zuckerberg’s stance in the Black Lives Matter movement.
The country is facing severe protests and demonstrations and unsurprisingly, the President is doing the exact opposite of what’s expected from him. Social media sites like Twitter flagged Trump’s comments that threatened violence but Facebook refused to take any action. This caused massive unrest and the company’s employees are quite openly critical of the policies on their personal accounts.
The walk-out staged on Monday was basically virtual since most employees are working from home. Along with this, they have designed a set of demands for the executives and plan to pressurize Zuckerberg into taking action against Trump.
“I know many people are upset that we’ve left the President’s posts up, but our position is that we should enable as much expression as possible unless it will cause imminent risk of specific harms or dangers spelled out in clear policies,” wrote Mark Zuckerberg in a Facebook post last week explaining why it hadn’t taken action on Trump’s post.
What Zuckerberg considers freedom of expression is actually hate speech, especially in the light of recent events. Trump openly threatened the protesters saying, “Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the Military is with him all the way. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts.”
You can see how he openly called protesters “thugs” while the police that regularly threatens the people of color are deemed as heroes.
The protest against Zuckerberg comes at a crucial time and according to the employees, it is one of the most serious challenges to his leadership.