Facebook has fired an employee who protested the social network’s inaction on controversial posts by U.S. President Donald Trump after he publicly criticized another employee for “inaction” in a tweet,media CNET reported. Brandon Dail, an engineer at Facebook’s Seattle office, said in a tweet Friday that he lost his job after asking another employee to add a “Black Lives Matter” banner to a Facebook-built tool. Dail said the employee refused because he didn’t want to be involved in politics.
In a public tweet released on June 2, Dai referred to the employee’s name and said it was “political lysy not to make a statement.”
Facebook confirmed that Dail’s characterization of his dismissal was accurate, but gave no further details. Dai did not respond to a request for comment.
The social network has come under criticism from employees for not taking action on Mr. Trump’s posts, which some and critics say could incite violence. Earlier this month, hundreds of employees staged a rare virtual strike to protest the company’s stance on political discourse. Mr. Trump’s posts included “When the robbery started, the shooting started” in response to protests that erupted after the death of George Floyd, a black Minnesota man. Some employees resigned, while others threatened to leave the company.
Facebook said Mr. Trump’s post did not violate its rules against incitement to violence, allowing discussion around the use of force by the state. The social network’s approach stands in stark contrast to Twitter, which marked one of Mr. Trump’s tweets as a violation of its rules of violence.
Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, said last week that the company was reviewing its policies, including allowing the discussion of state rules on the use of force. In a letter posted to Twitter on Thursday, Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, said they were “deeply shocked and disgusted” by Mr. Trump’s “divisive and inflammatory remarks.”