Donald Trump´s Facebook Posts Classified As Hate Speech? Facebook Employees Demand Censorship, Mark Zuckerberg Says No
Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said no to ban Donald Trump´s post arguing that it would be inappropriate to censor a presidential candidate, after some social media employees wanted some of Trump's posts removed it, claiming that they be designated as hate speech. The Republican candidate´s posts claimed that the government should prevent Muslims from entering the country.
Mark Zuckerberg´s Reason Could Actually Be Very Harmful To Trump´s Image
According to the International Business Times, this situation was a considerable setback for Mark Zuckerberg, considering that the Facebook post ended up being disapproved by users, who flagged it as a hate speech. After the CEO's decision, many employees felt so insulted with Zuckerberg's decision that they threatened to quit. However, the social media boss was firm on his decision.
"That context can include the value of political discourse, many people are voicing opinions about this particular content and it has become an important part of the conversation around who the next U.S. president will be," a Facebook spokeswoman stated to the Wall Street Journal.
Trump´s Campaign Haven't Received Reports About Facebook Employees´ Complaints
Although there are many who think that letting someone make discriminatory statements on the social media platform could leave a dangerous precedent, what Mark Zuckerberg and his defenders claim is that it coming from a presidential candidate, it could be very helpful to voters to know who this person is, even if the statements represent hate speech. Although many employees feel uncomfortable with the situation, Trump´s campaign stated that they haven't received any report about it.
"Facebook has never contacted us about employee complaints and has never removed a post. We are not concerned about the liberal Clinton elites who are so intolerant of conservative ideas that they would seek to censor the Trump campaign's enormously successful Facebook engagement," a spokeswoman for Trump's campaign stated to the Wall Street Journal.
The undeniable fact about this decision is that Mark Zuckerberg is once again in the spotlight because of delicate controversy also related to the Republican candidate, considering that some days ago, he defended Peter Thiel´s position in the company board, after he made a millionaire donation for Trump´s campaign.
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