June 2, 2020 / 7:03 PM / a month ago

Facebook employee says leaders fail to address staff outcry over Trump posts

SAN FRANCISCO, June 2 (Reuters) - A Facebook employee said company leaders holding an all-hands meeting on Tuesday had so far failed to address concerns of staff who walked away from their desks to protest Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg’s handling of inflammatory posts by U.S. President Donald Trump.

“It’s crystal clear today that leadership refuses to stand with us,” Brandon Dail wrote on Twitter. Dail’s LinkedIn profile describes him as a user interface engineer at Facebook in Seattle.

Another employee said the meeting was still underway.

Facebook employees staged the rare public protest after Twitter Inc on Friday affixed a warning label to a Trump tweet that included the phrase “when the looting starts, the shooting starts.”

Twitter said the post violated its rules against glorifying violence but was left up as public interest exception, with reduced options for interactions and distribution.

Facebook declined to act on the same message, and Zuckerberg sought to distance his company from the fight between the president and Twitter. He maintained that while he found Trump’s remarks “deeply offensive,” they did not violate company policy against incitements to violence. (Reporting by Katie Paul; Editing by David Gregorio)

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