Facebook says it wants staff to 'speak openly' as employees criticise Mark Zuckerberg's response to Trump posts

Andrew Griffin

Facebook has responded after its own employees publicly criticised its response to Donald Trump's controversial posts.

The company opted to take no action against Facebook posts in which the president appeared to threaten protesters with being shot.

Twitter, in contrast, hid the posts behind a warning stating that they "glorified violence" and stopped people from being able to easily share or engage with the posts. That decision brought criticism from Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg, who said the company did not want to be an "arbiter of truth" and would not pursue a similar response.

Facebook's inaction led to public criticism from high-ranking employees, who argued Facebook should be doing more to stop the spread of such rhetoric.

"We recognise the pain many of our people are feeling right now, especially our Black community," a Facebook spokesperson said.

"We encourage employees to speak openly when they disagree with leadership. As we face additional difficult decisions around content ahead, we'll continue seeking their honest feedback."

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