After the controversy following Facebook’s ‘indifference’ towards Trump’s ‘violence’ post, CEO Mark Zuckerberg has made a donation of $10 million from the company. He says the money will go to fighting racially-motivated injustice.
Zuckerberg and Facebook had gotten lots of negative publicity after the platform had let Donald Trump’s controversial post stay. This was the same post that Twitter had branded as ‘glorifying violence’. In Facebook’s defense, their CEO had said that while he, personally, did not favour the statement; the company’s policy on allowing freedom of speech as much as possible was what prevented it from taking the post down.
Now, Business Insider reports that he has donated a sum of $10 million to “groups fighting racial inequality”. Zuckerberg had revealed this via a Facebook post on Sunday, 31st May 2020. In the post, he mentioned that he knows that the donation is not “huge”. He added that he and his wife, Priscilla Chan, usually donate a sum of $40 million annually to fight racial injustice through their foundation.
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Part of his statement reads:
“We stand with the Black community — and all those working towards justice in honor of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and far too many other whose name will not be forgotten. To help in this fight, I know Facebook needs to do more to support equality and safety for the Black community through our platforms.”
While Zuckerberg does not mention that the $10 million donation is some sort of apology for not being able to do anything about Donald Trump’s post; it looks like it. The outrage that followed George Floyd’s death has many popular figures clearly defining where they stand on the matter.
Protests seem not to be subsiding at this point in time. We had earlier written on what the possible implications could be on tech businesses in Chicago. In addition to this news, reports also claim that Facebook’s CEO faces increasing internal rebellion on the issue of Trump’s post staying up on the platform.
The Guardian mentions two key Facebook employees, among many others, that have come out to openly disagree with Zuckerberg’s decision. One of them is Andrew Crow, the head of design, Portal at Facebook. He had posted on his Twitter page: “Giving a platform to incite violence and spread disinformation is unacceptable, regardless who you are or if it’s newsworthy. I disagree with Mark’s position and will work to make change happen.”
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