Former Facebook staffers criticize Zuckerberg for his stance on Trump posts
In an open letter published by The New York Times, they call the CEO's position a "betrayal" of Facebook's ideals.
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The employees who signed the letter include engineers, policy executives, designers and Facebook's earliest chief of communications.
"Facebook's leadership must reconsider their policies regarding political speech, beginning by fact-checking politicians and explicitly labeling harmful posts," the letter says. "The Facebook we joined designed products to empower people and policies to protect them."
The letter says Facebook already engages in political censorship by adding warnings to links, down-ranking content so it doesn't spread and fact checking posts by non-politicians. "They have decided that elected officials should be held to a lower standard than those they govern," it adds. "One set of rules for you, and another for any politician, from your local mayor to the president of the United States."