Wednesday , July 8 2020

Early Facebook employees protest against lack of action on Trump posts; Call of duty new measures against racism

More than 30 former Facebook employees from the very beginning of the social network have publicly protested the lack of action by the social network against President Trump’s tweets that were either misleading or glorified.

The New York Times For the first time, an open letter was written to Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook.

Almost three dozen people who worked in the early years of the social network announced his decision to leave President Trump’s aggressive posts on the website unchanged.

The former employees said in an open letter that Mr. Zuckerberg’s position was a ‘betrayal’ of Facebook’s ideals and asked him to rethink this. This included Facebook’s first head of communications, as well as designers, engineers and executives. Some helped write the original social network community guidelines that govern what can and cannot be published.

They accuse Facebook of double standards.

This is a betrayal of the ideals that Facebook claims. The company we joined valued giving individuals a voice as loud as their government’s – protecting the powerless rather than the powerful.

Facebook is now turning this goal upside down. It is claimed that giving warnings before a politician’s speech is inappropriate, but removing content from citizens is acceptable, even if both say the same thing. That is not a noble standpoint for freedom. It’s incoherent and worse, it’s cowardly.

You can read the full text of the letter Here.

Twitter responded to two recently published Trump tweets, added a fact check to indicate that it wasn’t, and warned another tweet that glorified violence. Facebook has come under increasing fire because it has not taken any action on the same posts on its own platform. High-profile employees are currently among the protesters.

Other companies are also trying to respond to public anger at George Floyd’s murder and the larger problem of racism. Tim Cook has written both a memo to employees and an open letter to customers, acknowledging the ‘fear, injury, and outrage’ caused not only by killing but also by ‘a much longer history of racism’ were caused. Google posted a message on his search homepage and other prominent places.

According to Infinity Ward, the popular Call of Duty apps are introducing stricter safeguards against racism after two scheduled updates were delayed earlier.

Photo: Reuters

About Asmaa Sims

Asmaa, who was born and raised in Pakistan, now lives in New York and works in a technology company. He also writes blog articles about technological developments.

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