Technology Trump's controversial messages: resignations and pressures against the Facebook boss

04:50  03 june  2020
04:50  03 june  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

Dealing with presidential statements: First Facebook employees quit because of dispute over Trump contribution

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Facebook staff have spoken out against the tech giant' s decision not to remove or flag a controversial post by US President Donald Trump Mr Trump took to Facebook to repeat a tweet about the widespread protests in Minneapolis, following the death of George Floyd in police custody.

Trump posted on Facebook early Friday. He also shared the same message on Twitter, a Other employees have circulated petitions against Facebook ’ s inactivity and threatened to resign . Employees also called for the resignation of Facebook ’ s vice president of global policy, Joel Kaplan

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Resignations, virtual strike, anger from civil society: Mark Zuckerberg's decision not to moderate polemical messages from Donald Trump last week on his Facebook platform does not really pass.

"I quit Facebook," said Timothy Aveni, an engineer, in his profile on Tuesday.

"I cannot continue to find excuses" to the social network, he explained.

Unlike Twitter, the thumbs up platform decided not to intervene against a message from the American president - "The lootings will be immediately greeted by bullets" - about the demonstrations in support of George Floyd which were enamelled in riots.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has taken heat over refusing to hide a post from US President Donald Trump that Twitter claimed “glorified violence.” It’s not clear if anyone would even have expected Facebook to take action on Trump ’ s post, had Twitter not already done so, hiding the message

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The death of this African American, asphyxiated by a white police officer in Minneapolis, provokes a wave of revolt in the United States.

"Facebook provides a platform for politicians to radicalize individuals and glorify violence. We are watching the United States switch to the same kind of discord fueled by the social networks that have caused the deaths of people in the Philippines, Myanmar and Sri Lanka, "said Timothy Aveni.

Several employees expressed their dissatisfaction with their boss this weekend and participated in an online strike on Monday.

- "Disappointed" -

They believe that even if Facebook has decided to let the speech of politicians as free as possible, the words of the tenant of the White House in this case exceed the limits - those of incitement to violence .

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President Trump has driven a wedge between Facebook staff and the social network' s founder. Facebook ' s no-leak culture, and the largely united front between management and staff had largely weathered previous storms in its march to "connect the world".

Many political appointees of Donald Trump , the 45th and current President of the United States, have resigned or been dismissed. The record-setting turnover rate in the Trump Administration has been

"I am proud to announce that as of today, I am no longer a Facebook employee," Owen Anderson, another engineer from the California group, tweeted on Monday.

Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of the platform, answered questions from his employees during a weekly meeting by videoconference Tuesday, without changing his mind.

As "personal", the young billionaire condemned the "cleavage and inflammatory rhetoric" of the president in a post on his profile Friday.

But he maintains that the messages should not be deleted, in the name of freedom of expression and the public's interest in being informed.

"We are disappointed and amazed by Mark's incomprehensible explanations for the decision to maintain Trump's publications", regret Vanita Gupta, Sherrilyn Ifill and Rashad Robinson, head of three major civil rights organizations in the United States .

- "Dangerous precedent" -

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Facebook . Twitter. Flipboard. Like a page ripped out of a really bad spy novel, Trump critics appear to be slipping secret messages in their resignation letters. He also cited controversial Muslim activist Linda Sarsour, who made news in July for suggesting that resisting Trump is a “form of jihad.”

Resignation is leaving the organization on a voluntary basis. The boss leaves an organization for another work or for any other reason. As I offer my resignation , I also express my gratitude for you and the whole team at office. Popular Messages : thank you letter to boss after resignation .

Their reaction comes after a telephone conversation Monday evening with Mr. Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg, the number 2 of Facebook.

They complained about the refusal to act on various messages sanctioned by Twitter but not by Facebook: that on the violence in Minneapolis, but also those of a week ago on the postal vote.

Twitter had flagged them as misleading, and added "check the facts", while Mark Zuckerberg reminded Fox News that the platforms, he said, should not play the role of "arbiters of truth online" .

"He (Mark Zuckerberg) has not shown understanding of the historical and contemporary restriction on the right to vote and he refuses to recognize how Facebook facilitates Trump's calls to violence against the demonstrators", say the three responsible.

"Mark is setting a very dangerous precedent for other voices who would express harmful comments in the same vein on Facebook," they add.

"We are grateful that leaders of civil rights groups took the time to share their frank and honest comments with Mark and Sheryl," a Facebook spokesperson responded to the Monday night phone call.

"This is an important time to listen and we look forward to continuing these conversations," added the spokesperson.

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