Facebook workers are unhappy with their boss Mark Zuckerberg over his decision to allow President Trump’s posts to stand after Twiter took action against the posts. The social media company employees said they are participating in a “virtual walkout” in a show of protest against Facebook according to The New York Times reports.
Even though the social media company employees are still working from home, they have hinted that they are taking a day off and indicating in out of office messages that they are “out of the office in a show of protest,” according to the report. Employees are also working on “a list of demands for management.”
The decision to take up the walkout comes days after Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg announced on Friday evening that Trump’s posts, which Twitter said violate its rules on “glorification of violence,” didn’t violate Facebook’s standards.
Zuckerberg said he had a “visceral negative reaction” to Trump’s “inflammatory rhetoric,” but ultimately opted to leave the posts up untouched. Although Axios later reported that Mark Zuckerberg had spoken to Trump on the phone before making public his decision to allow the posts stand.
Zuckerberg announced Sunday night that Facebook would make a $10 million donation to “groups working on racial justice.” But the move doesn’t appear to have affected employees’ decision to walk out on Monday.
“We recognize the pain many of our people are feeling right now, especially our Black community,” a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement. “We encourage employees to speak openly when they disagree with leadership. As we face additional difficult decisions around content ahead, we’ll continue seeking their honest feedback.”
It’s also important to note that this isn’t the first time Facebook employees have disagreed with their boss over the company’s decision on Trump’s posts. Last fall, hundreds of employees signed an open letter that publicly criticized Mark Zuckerberg’s decision to allow politicians to lie in advertisements.
But this latest disagreement which is happening amid nationwide protests even though the employees are working from home seems to be escalating more than others with at least two “senior” employees threatening to quit their jobs according to NYT reports. There are many other employees who took to Twitter to share their stands on the matter.