Tuesday, May 28

Mark Zuckerberg promises a review of facebook content policies

Facebook founder & CEO Mark Zuckerberg promised to review the content policies of the social media platform that led to its decision to not moderate a post by President Trump.

The announcement, which came in the form of a letter to employees, appeared aimed at quelling anger inside the company that was so severe it prompted 5,500 employees to complain and third to resign.

The outrage was sparked when Zuckerberg said Facebook would not remove or flag Trump’s recent posts that appeared to encourage violence against those protesting police racism.

“I know many of you think we should have labelled the President’s posts in some way last week,” Zuckerberg wrote.

“We’re going to review our policies allowing discussion and threats of state use of force to see if there are any amendments we should adopt,” he wrote. “We’re going to review potential options for handling violating or partially-violating content aside from the binary leave-it-up or take-it-down decisions.”

Mr. Zuckerberg said Facebook would be more transparent about its decision-making on whether to take down posts, review policies on posts that could cause voter suppression and would look to build software to advance racial justice, led by important lieutenants.

Earlier this week, a dozen employees of Facebook questioned Zuckerberg’s stance on Mr. Trump’s post.