Johannesburg – Mark Zuckerberg is setting a “dangerous precedent” by allowing a post by Donald Trump to remain on Facebook, warned a group of civil rights leaders.
Their statement followed a video call with the social media giant’s founder
This after US president’s post about the widespread protests following the death of George Floyd, was hidden by Twitter last week doe “glorifying violence”.
Staff at Facebook have also voiced their anger at their employer, with some staging a “virtual workout.”
In the post, Trump wrote he would “send in the National Guard”, and warned that “when the looting starts, the shooting starts”.
Zuckerberg had previously defined his decision to leave the same post up on Facebook, saying he disagreed with Trump’s words but that people “should be able to see this for themselves.”
After meeting Zuckerberg, three civil right leaders responded that he was wrong.
“We are disappointed and stunned by Mark’s incomprehensible explanations for allowing the Trump posts to remain up,” they said in a joint statement.
“He did not demonstrate understanding of historic or modern-day voter suppression and he refuses to acknowledge how Facebook is facilitating Trump’s call for violence against protesters.
“Mark is setting a very dangerous precedent for other voices who would say similar harmful things on Facebook”