Social media giant Facebook just issued a stunning reversal and President Donald Trump is in shock. This policy shift could dramatically affect free speech on the platform going forward. It is time for action.
Whereas Twitter recently decided to ‘fact-check’ some of Trump’s tweets, amounting to a form of censorship, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said his company is “an institution committed to free expression” — but this could change.
Reportedly, according to Breitbart News, recently obtained audio from a meeting Zuckerberg had with Facebook employees signaled that he may “evolve our policy around the discussion of state use of force.”
Zuckerberg then specifically referred to the National Guard being deployed in response to the riots, saying that he is worried about “excessive use of police or military force” as a result. But many think he is trying to have it both ways.
On one hand, he is trying to satisfy some irate anti-Trump employees who want to use Facebook for their own political purposes. On the other hand, however, Zuckerberg knows the platform could shed users if he goes too far.
In fact, Facebook has “over 2.6 billion monthly active users,” making it “the biggest social media network worldwide.” He is keenly aware that one hugely unpopular move could hit the company where it hurts — and that’s the bottom line.
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