Mark Zuckerberg tells Facebook employees that black lives matter, writing this excoriating note asking for action. He’s also calling for the U.S. to admit more refugees, and criticizing Facebook users for anti-refugee hate speak.
It seems some staff at the Menlo Park offices were crossing out the BLM hashtag, writing “All lives matter,” instead. Mark got his dander up over the graffito, hence the flame-fest, coming as it did after his previous directives about it went unheeded.
Looks like certain employees are slated for re-education. Also deserving re-education, in Zuck’s eyes, are Facebook users who publish “hate speech against migrants.”
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What’s the craic? Michael Nuñez broke the story—Mark Zuckerberg Asks Racist Facebook Employees to Stop:
The Black Lives Matter movement has shed light on the...inequality experienced by the African-American community. ... But apparently some of the employees at Facebook’s...Menlo Park, California office don’t agree.
In a private memo...for employees only, Mark Zuckerberg [said] employees have been scratching out “black lives matter”...writing “all lives matter” on the...famous signature wall. ... We reached out to Facebook for comment.
Nuñez’s prose seems fairly restrained. Compared with Lucy Bayly’s choice of words, that is—Zuckerberg Furious With Employees:
Zuckerberg furiously reprimanded employees...calling such behavior "disrespectful" and "malicious." ... "This has been a deeply hurtful and tiresome experience for the black community. ... We are now investigating the current incidents."
Wrote a seething Zuckerberg, "We expect everybody to treat each other with respect." ... Facebook has drawn criticism in the past [because] only two percent of employees are black.
What is this “signature wall” of which you speak? Gina Hall explains—Zuckerberg reprimands Facebook employees:
The company maintains a signature wall where employees and visitors can...express themselves. ... “We’ve never had rules around what people can write,”...Zuckerberg wrote.
Zuckerberg already told employees in a question-and-answer session...the behavior was “unacceptable.” ... “I was already very disappointed by this disrespectful behavior. ... I now consider this malicious.”
But not everyone shares Zuck’s fervor. Stephanie Mlot gets to the heart of the matter—Zuckerberg Scolds Employees:
The Facebook CEO...said there have been "several recent instances"...of people defacing mentions of "black lives matter." ... Employees were previously warned...but that does not seem to have sunk in.
The Black Lives Matter movement began in 2013. ... But what started as a social media hashtag grew into a national statement. ... Some, however, have taken to responding that "all lives matter."
The company is hosting a town hall meeting next week. ... A Facebook spokeswoman declined to comment.
Update: And now Zuck is speaking in Germany. Aunty Beeb speaks peace unto yoof-Facebook wants to crack down against hate speech on migrants:
Zuckerberg says the social network needs to get better at cracking down on hate speech...at a public Q&A session in Berlin. ... Around 1,000 young people were invited.
"There's not a place for this kind of content on Facebook,"...he said. ... "Hate speech against migrants...we now have no tolerance for on Facebook."
Germany is currently considering proposals to tighten its immigration policy. ... However Zuckerberg said he hoped the US would [allow] more refugees in.
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