Facebook's Zuckerberg faces employee blowback over ruling on Trump comments
Facebook employees critical of CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s decision not to remove an inflammatory comment from U.S. President Donald Trump took their dissent public over the weekend on Twitter, praising the rival social media firm for taking action and rebuking their own employer.
Many tech workers at companies including Facebook, Google, and Amazon have become active on social justice issues in recent years and urged their employers to take action and change policies.
Still, the criticism of Zuckerberg marked a rare case of high-level employees publicly taking their own CEO to the task, with at least three of the seven critical posts seen by Reuters coming from people who identified themselves as senior managers.
“Mark is wrong, and I will endeavor in the loudest possible way to change his mind,” wrote Ryan Freitas, whose Twitter account identifies him as director of product design for Facebook’s News Feed. He added he had mobilized “50+ like-minded folks” to lobby for internal change.
Jason Toff, identified as the director of product management, wrote: “I work at Facebook and I am not proud of how we’re showing up. The majority of coworkers I’ve spoken to feel the same way. We are making our voice heard.”
Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the employee dissent.
1st June 2020