Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Friday that the company will not delete or take any other action to deal with a post that U.S. President Donald Trump deleted on Twitter for “celebrating violence,”media outlet The Verge reported. “I know a lot of people are unhappy with our decision to keep the president’s posts visible, but our position is that we should allow as much as possible to be expressed unless it leads to a specific injury or danger that is imminent lying in clear policy,” Zuckerberg said. “
Mr Zuckerberg said Facebook had “looked very carefully at the posts discussing the protests in Minnesota” to “assess whether it violated our policies.” In the end, the company “decided to keep the post visible because the reference to the National Guard meant we interpreted it as a warning to national action, and we thought people needed to know if the government planned to deploy force.” Our policy on incitement to violence allows for discussions around the use of force by States, although I believe that today’s situation raises some important questions about what the potential limitations of such discussions should be. “
Zuckerberg noted that Trump softened his remarks in a subsequent tweet, “saying that the original post was a warning that looting could lead to violence.” We decided that this post, which explicitly discourages violence, is not against our policies and is important to people.”
Twitter this week chose to add contextual links to two of Trump’s tweets about email scams and hide another tweet behind an intermittent warning that “celebrates violence.” Facebook chose not to add a link to Trump’s tweets about email fraud, saying they did not violate company policy.
But as of late Friday, Facebook had not commented on whether it intended to take action on Trump’s tweet about the Minneapolis protests, which included the words: “When the robbery started, the shooting began.” This has alarmed some employees, who have asked the company to intervene in posts on workplace, the company’s internal chat tool.
“I have to say, I find the twists and turns we have to go through unbearable,” one employee wrote in a comment on the post about the shooting. “All of this shows that the risk of an escalation of violence and civil unrest in November is very high, and history will not treat us well if we fail to test here.” “
Zuckerberg said that unlike Twitter, Facebook does not have a policy of labeling warning snares in front of posts that may “celebrate violence”, but rather removes them directly. “We believe that if a post celebrates violence, whether it has news value or not, even politicians, it should be deleted. He said. “We’ve been in touch with the White House today to explain these policies. “
He said at last. “These are difficult decisions, and as we do today, it’s uncomfortable for us to keep what’s visible. We try to figure out all the consequences, and we keep looking at our policies because the environment is always changing. One can agree or disagree with where we should draw the line, but I want them to understand that our overall philosophy is that it is best to have this discussion in public, especially when the stakes are so high. I strongly disagree with the President’s statements in this regard, but I believe people should be able to see for themselves, because only when their statements are publicly censored can those in power ultimately be held accountable. “