Employee who protested Facebook's stance on Trump posts fired over tweet
Published on: 2020-06-14 00:32:06 | Category: Social Media | By: admin
Facebook fired an employee who criticized the hands-off approach of the social network to the divisive posts of President Donald Trump, after openly pointing out the "inaction" of another employee in a tweet.
Brandon Dail, who worked as a Facebook engineer in Seattle, said on Friday in a tweet that he had lost his job after asking another employee to add a Black Lives Matter banner to a website about a Facebook-built device. Dail said the employee refused because he wasn't interested in getting political.
Dail mentions the employee by name in the public tweet posted on June 2, and says that "intentionally not making a comment is political already."
Facebook confirmed that Dail was accurate in characterizing his firing but did not provide further details. Dail did not answer a request for comment.
The social network has faced criticism from its own employees for failing to take action against Trump posts that workers and critics say might incite violence. Hundreds of employees staged a rare virtual walkout earlier this month to protest the company's stance on the political discourse.Trump's posts included the phrase "when the looting begins, the shooting begins" in response to protests that erupted after the death of George Floyd, a Minnesota black man who died after a white police officer pinched his neck down his knee. Some workers are leaving while some have threatened to leave.
Facebook said Trump's posts did not violate its rules against inciting abuse, and it requires consideration of the use of force by the state. The approach taken by the social network contrasted with Twitter, which added a notice of public interest over Trump's tweet.
Last week, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the company is updating its policies, including guidelines that require discussion of the use of state power. Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan said they were "deeply shocked and offended" by Trump's "divisive and inflammatory rhetoric" in a letter posted to Twitter Thursday.