Mark Zuckerberg will probably go down in history as the most powerful yet cowardly person of all time. After Facebook’s employees staged a walkout, he held a conference with them and said that he stands by his decision of not flagging the content on social media. He stated that he put in a lot of thought and even though the choice was difficult, it will prove correct in the long run.
Zuckerberg expressed his anger over Trump’s tweet saying “when the looking starts, the shooting starts” but according to him, “I knew that I needed to separate out my personal opinion … from what our policy is and the principles of the platform we’re running are — knowing that the decision that we made was going to lead to a lot of people being very upset inside the company and a lot of the media criticism we’re going to get.”
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He further explained his stance by saying, “Likely this decision has incurred a massive practical cost for the company to do what we think is the right step.”
Facebook has decided to take the side of the oppressors by not issuing any warning to Trump for glorifying violence. Facebook’s employees expressed their criticism over the decision openly and virtually walked out of work in protest. Two of the employees also resigned publicly saying that they can no longer bear the weight of being associated with the company, but Zuckerberg refuses to take any action.
Zuckerberg said, “The presumption on our service is that you should be able to say what you want unless you’re causing specific harm and we enumerate what the harms are and try to enforce them. And I do think that default is right.”
The fact that Mr. President openly threatened violence to the protestors who are upset with the racist dynamics of America does not seem “harmful” to Facebook’s CEO.
He also criticized The Wall Street Journal for issuing an article on how Facebook ignored the pain it is causing to so many people. “That piece of journalism is one that I just strongly disagree with,” said Zuckerberg. “We care about this deeply, and we’ll continue studying it — that doesn’t mean if you’re an individual researcher or an individual engineer that every idea or every issue that you come up with or every mitigation you propose we’re going to conclude is the right one to do.”