Facebook employees reportedly wanted Trump’s posts flagged as hate speech

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Concerns over Donald Trump’s Facebook page reportedly caused quite a stir among many of the social media giant’s employees.

The Wall Street Journal is reporting the social network faced internal pressure from its employees to label some of Trump’s posts as hate speech. The posts in question revolving around his position on banning Muslims from entering the US.

In one, he posted a link to a campaign statement, which reads, in part, “Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.”

Republican presidential candidate, businessman Donald Trump stands during the Fox Business Network Republican presidential debate at the North Charleston Coliseum, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016, in North Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

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The decision to leave Trump’s posts from last year ultimately fell to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who reportedly decided last December that censoring a presidential candidate’s rhetoric would be inappropriate.

According to sources close to the matter, the decision has been controversial internally, with some employees complaining Zuckerberg is bending the company’s rules.

A spokeswoman for Facebook has commented on the matter, saying, “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.”

The company has since modified its policy for the presidential election writing, it will “begin allowing more items that people find newsworthy, significant, or important to the public interest — even if they might otherwise violate our standards.”

According to the statement, Facebook intends to show more content without “posing safety risks or showing graphic images to minors and others who do not want to see them.”

(WSJ: ByDEEPA SEETHARAMAN)
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