The arrival of the letter comes at a sensitive time for Zuckerberg and his management team, after they had to defend their decision at a tense all-hands meeting this week after staff (including some senior managers) staged a virtual walk-out, and took to social media to rebuke their employer over the matter.
Facebook's policy says it removes language that incites or facilitates serious violence.
"I know many people are upset that we've left the President's posts up, but our position is that we should enable as much expression as possible unless it will cause imminent risk of specific harms or dangers spelled out in clear policies", Zuckerberg wrote.
Facebook's principles and policies supporting free speech "show that the right action where we are right now is to leave this up", Zuckerberg said on the call, referring to Trump's posts. Zuckerberg says he's concerned about an erosion of truth, but that it was better to err on the side of openness on Facebook and to not be a gatekeeper on political ads. Zuckerberg has defended his decision by citing freedom of speech.
The Facebook CEO was speaking in the context of recent comments from US President Donald Trump, whose administration is struggling to deal with civil unrest after the police killing of an unarmed black man.
The decisions at Facebook have prompted at least two employees to publicly resign.
Amid the ongoing spat between U.S. president Donald Trump and Twitter after the latter flagged a post by the American president on the ongoing protests against the murder of an African-American man named George Floyd, the social media platform on Wednesday posted a detailed thread outlining its policies and principles and their enforcement process while highlighting controversial tweets.
"Mark always told us that he would draw the line at speech that calls for violence", Aveni wrote. They complained the company should have acted against Trump's posts containing the phrase "when the looting starts, the shooting starts". The heads of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and Color of Change met Zuckerberg and Facebook's chief operating officer on Monday night to discuss company policies.
Following an avalanche of criticism and a company walkout, Facebook Inc.
Another employee to leave the company was Owen Anderson. Others later said that they now believed it was futile to try to get Zuckerberg to change his mind.
Zuckerberg was asked whether any Black Facebook employees were consulted in the decision-making process. Facebook employees came out in the open to protest the social media giant's stand on not taking action on a controversial post from Trump about the Minnesota protests.
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