I usually do not give kudos to Facebook’s owner Mark Zuckerberg, but in this article, I will. It seems the employees of the social media giant wanted to hurt the Trump campaign by removing his anti-Muslim posts as hate speech but the billionaire founder ruled against it.
Good for Mark. Now, I have had a couple of things removed, a few sites delete my comments and threads, but usually get to say whatever I want on Facebook. Just remember everyone, Facebook is a private business and can do whatever it wants. Don’t like it? Then leave. I would say overall they do about as good as a job as can be expected.
Facebook employees worked to have Donald Trump’s anti-Muslim posts removed as hate speech, but they were eventually overruled against censoring the Republican candidate by co-founder Mark Zuckerberg.
“Banning a U.S. presidential candidate is not something you do lightly,” a person said of the fallout over a Dec. 7 post to The Wall Street Journal.
Trump’s post linked to a campaign statement “on preventing Muslim immigration.”
It called for “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.”
Facebook users slammed the post as hate speech, the Journal reports, drawing employee complaints that it had violated company policies on such content.
But employees were asked by their managers to not remove the post — and Monika Bickert, Facebook’s head of global policy management, later explained that no Trump posts would be removed because the company sought to remain impartial in the presidential election, the Journal reports.
Zuckerberg said he backed Bickert’s decision, though he “acknowledged that Mr. Trump’s call for a ban did qualify as hate speech,” the Journal reports.
He said that “the implications of removing [the posts] were too drastic,” according to the report.
Facebook told the Journal that content reviewers assess the context of a post before any are removed.
Facebook isn’t afraid to show both sides of the coin so to speak, unlike the media who is biased in all of the news network. I appreciate that Facebook is becoming less biased. Thank you!
Pro-Democrat media and even Fox News could learn from Donald Trump. Trump has proven he can “chew gum and walk at the same time” and do so tirelessly. Trump loves America and is talking about multiple national issues and policy ideas all at the same time. Trump is also bravely standing up to detractors who are more versed in the politics of Washington newsrooms and halls of Congress. Trump has the support of millions of patriots in and out of uniform.
With Zuckerberg’s liberal past and giving to Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, what do you think of his choice to overrule his employees on Trump’s posts. Share your comments below and let me know what you think.
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