CIVIL RIGHTS GROUPS CONDEMN ZUCKERBERG FOR CODDLING TRUMP
Civil rights leaders have condemned Facebook's inaction on a recent series of controversial posts from President Donald Trump following a conversation Monday between their groups and top Facebook execs, including CEO Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg, Brian Fung reported for CNN on June 2, 2020.
Zuckerberg is setting "a very dangerous precedent," read a statement from the organizations, which included the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and Color of Change.
"We are disappointed and stunned by Mark's incomprehensible explanations for allowing the Trump posts to remain up," the groups said in their 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."
The meeting followed criticism from people inside and outside Facebook over the company's decision not to take action on multiple Trump posts, including one about a protest that warned "looting" would lead to "shooting." Twitter, Facebook's rival, flagged that post with a warning label for "glorifying violence." But Zuckerberg took a different approach, saying although he had a "visceral negative reaction" to Trump's posts personally, he felt a broader responsibility as a "leader of an institution committed to free expression."