Civil rights leaders slam Facebook after meeting with Zuckerberg, says report – CNET


A group of civil rights leaders issued a scathing statement on Monday about Facebook in the wake of a meeting with the social networking company’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg and other top executives, according to a report by Axios. The meeting was set-up to discuss Facebook’s decision to leave up a post by US President Donald Trump that the civil rights leaders say incites violence. 

“He [Zuckerberg] 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,” the heads of the The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and Color of Change said in a joint statement. “Mark is setting a very dangerous precedent for other voices who would say similar harmful things on Facebook.”

The meeting, which was held on Monday night over video call, came after Facebook employees staged a rare protest in the form of a virtual walkout to express their anger against Zuckerberg’s response to Trump. It also followed Twitter’s move to hide the same post by Trump behind a warning that says the tweet violated the site’s rules against “glorifying violence.” 

Facebook didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

Last Thursday, Trump said in social media posts on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram “when the looting starts, the shooting starts” after protestors torched a building in Minnesota in anger over the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after a white Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck for more than eight minutes.

The phrase was once used by segregationist Georgia Gov. George Wallace, and is widely seen as an approval of police violence against protesters. 

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