At a time when the United States of America is experiencing the largest wave of protests over the killing of citizen George Floyd last week, the two most popular platforms in the world, Twitter and Facebook, differed over the classification of US President Donald Trump’s comments.
A week ago, America was witnessing an internal boil because of the killing of George Floyd unarmed by a police officer – who has precedents in such incidents according to the American press and the human rights groups in the country – and this was accompanied by riots, vandalism, and pillaging of shops with the bulk of Throughout the US states, the president was summoned to deploy the National Guard to establish security, but this only increased the demonstrations by igniting because the police used bullets and tear gas, in addition to rubber bullets to disperse the crowd.
A week ago, Twitter viewed President Trump’s tweets as inappropriate, which raised the ire of the latter and threatened to enact a strict law to regulate the work of these social sites, considering what Twitter did within the framework of stifling freedom of expression.
To make matters worse, what Trump did on Facebook through publishing controversial posts, in which he said, “When looting begins, shooting begins,” which angered senior American figures, led by former US President Barack Obama, as well as Trump’s rival in Biden’s upcoming elections, considering Trump’s publications inciting hatred and encouraging security forces to use force against protesters.
That phrase did not go unnoticed, the Facebook employees revolted, which called the company’s CEO to a video meeting with 25 thousand of his employees to address the issue that divided his company and the public, through which he tried to search for how to deal with the interesting publications of US President Donald Trump Controversial, which some see as glorifying violence against American demonstrators.
Facebook employees in recent days have shown unprecedented levels of public opposition to Zuckerberg by criticizing his decision not to remove or mitigate Trump’s recent posts that pointed to ongoing protests in the United States against racism and police brutality.
Zuckerberg tried to clarify the foundations of his decision to leave the controversial posts by Trump, in which he said “when looting begins shooting,” and explained the mechanism for arriving at the decision to leave Trump posts, pointing to the principle of Facebook to allow freedom of expression on the platform, especially in The situation of public figures whose decisions have the power to influence the lives of others. “I just want to confess in advance that this, as you know, is not entirely clear 100% of the decision, although I think the basic principle of the platform and our policies and evidence are strongly proven in favor of decision-making,” he said.
I asked several questions to the founder of Facebook, some of which were answered according to an audio clip of the meeting, which was published by the «Record» site, where some of the questions came in detail as follows:
How can we trust Facebook’s leadership if you show us a lack of transparency and a lack of understanding of the world beyond your borders? ”
For his part, the Facebook founder replied, “Yes, I understand this question. We try to be as transparent as possible. The decision was made – not to remove the post – on Friday. So I spent most of the day working on it. Then we made the decision, then we worked on communicating it and writing the explanation.” We tried to move as quickly as possible. ”
“I was asking about how we can trust the intention of leadership? In this regard, I understand that many people do not agree with this decision. I am not disappointed because everyone does not agree with the decision, and I think this is good, there is a diversity of opinions.”
“I also know that this is not entirely unilateral and there are a lot of people who agree with the decision as well even if they don’t feel like they want to express it out loud within the company now.”
– “How many black people and other colored employees participated in the decision about whether to take action on the Trump post?
“I don’t know the exact number. But I mean, that’s what I can tell you. There’s the first policy summary. I know there are many black employees who are part of the group … and like black employees who play an institutional role and roles about diversity – and they focus on Ensure that we are institutionally representing different perspectives – that go into the initial process. Then when I meet the team, it’s a small group because we’re trying to have a productive conversation, you know, with eight or nine people. ”
The Facebook president talked about “Maxine” being “present for hours while we worked on that decision, I care a lot about her opinion, so I called her directly, just to make sure I got her opinion.”
It is not known whether he meant Maxine Waters, the representative of the Black Congress in California, or someone else.
“We were getting all the time summaries and type of people sending emails and opinions from external civil rights advisers and people like that – including a number of people of color – so I don’t know the exact number, and there may be ways to improve that.”
Another employee asked: “Why does Facebook not make a third option other than to delete or keep the controversial posts, which is to put stickers on these posts.” “Why should we choose between two ways to either delete or keep these posts? Why don’t we think of all the other methods such as tagging posts on Facebook that contain a violent speech about the situation that is happening now that people have made and published,” he added.