Facebook employees reportedly criticize stance on not fact-checking Trump's posts
It follows the president signing an executive order after Twitter labeled and hid tweets it deemed as potentially misleading and glorifying violence.
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Facebook employees reportedly used internal message boards to vent frustration at the stance Friday, as well as the absence of an explanation why Trump's tweets on Twitter, which were cross-posted to Facebook, don't violate the social media platform's community standards.
"All this points to a very high risk of a violent escalation and civil unrest in November," one employee reportedly wrote. "If we fail the test case here, history will not judge us kindly."
The decision to keep the post about the Minnesota protests up on Facebook reportedly made another employee feel "sad and frankly ashamed." The employee added that "hopefully there is still someone somewhere discussing how and why this is clearly advocating for violence."
Facebook didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.