Some executives of Facebook are divided over CEO, Mark Zuckerberg’s comments following the recent Twitter flagging of President Donald Trump’s tweets for glorifying violence. Zuckerberg deepened his longtime feud with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey last week when he said that social media networks shouldn’t be fact-checking user comments.

A black man, George Floyd was killed last week after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his knock while he begged for air for several minutes. Videos show two other officers holding him down on the ground while one was standing by.

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The killing sparked protests across cities in the United States from Minneapolis to , Denver, New York, Washington DC, Miami, and several other cities. Protesters clashed with police officers, structures were torched, stores were looted, and cars destroyed. More than 4,000 Protesters have been arrested according to an AP News tally.

While the protests were still ongoing, President Trump tweeted, “when the looting starts, shooting starts.” Twitter added a fact-check tag to the post on the grounds that it “glorified violence.” The company’s move didn’t go on well with Trump. He vowed to sign an executive order to restrict the social media company’s involvement in user comments on its platform.

Mark Zuckerberg reacted to the situation saying he won’t use his company to fact check politicians and other users. His comments didn’t go down well with other executives at Facebook.  Some Facebook workers staged a virtual walkout on Monday as several refused to work in protests against comments made by their CEO.

Some top executives at the company publicly voiced out disagreement with Mark Zuckerberg. Jason Stirman, a Facebook product designer tweeted: “I don’t know what to do, but I know doing nothing is not acceptable. I’m a FB employee that completely disagrees with Mark’s decision to do nothing about Trump’s recent posts, which clearly incite violence. I’m not alone inside of FB. There isn’t a neutral position on racism.”

“Mark is wrong, and I will endeavor in the loudest possible way to change his mind,” said Ryan Freitas, director of product design on news feed at Facebook wrote in a tweet.

 

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