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Facebook Worker Unrest Rises With Walkout, Criticism of CEO

  • Employees protest hands-off approach to Trump’s posts
  • Zuckerberg has said he doesn’t want to be ‘arbiter of truth’
Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg

Photographer: George Frey/Bloomberg
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Facebook Inc. employees became increasingly bold in expressing their dismay at Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg’s decision not to take action on incendiary comments posted to the social network by U.S. President Donald Trump, tweeting out criticisms and staging a virtual walkout.

After the president tweeted a message with the words “when the looting starts, the shooting starts” in response to protests over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Twitter Inc. for the first time obscured one of his posts, marking it with a warning that it breached service rules by glorifying violence. Facebook’s response to the same content, in a post from Zuckerberg on Friday, was to say, “We think people need to know if the government is planning to deploy force.”