Facebook employees go public with disagreement over Zuckerberg's handling of Trump

"I work at Facebook and I am not proud of how we’re showing up. The majority of co-workers I’ve spoken to feel the same way," tweeted one Facebook employee.

Facebook employees are speaking out on social media in opposition to the company's handling of posts from President Donald Trump that have been widely condemned as attempts to incite violence.

Facebook and its CEO Mark Zuckerberg have been at the center of a heated debate over how technology companies should handle some of the president's recent statements about protesters and rioting, including "when the looting starts, the shooting starts."

Twitter put a warning on a tweet from the president with that language, but Facebook did not take action. Zuckerberg has repeatedly defended the company's policies to take a hands-off approach with statements from politicians.

That has led to widespread criticism from outside the company, and reports of growing unrest inside the company.

In the past three days, many employees have gone public with their disagreement.

"I work at Facebook and I am not proud of how we’re showing up," tweeted Jason Toff, who lists his role on LinkedIn as director of product management at Facebook. "The majority of co-workers I’ve spoken to feel the same way. We are making our voice heard."

Jason Stirman, a design manager at Facebook, tweeted similar sentiments.

"I don't know what to do, but I know doing nothing is not acceptable," Stirman wrote. "I'm a FB employee that completely disagrees with Mark's decision to do nothing about Trump's recent posts, which clearly incite violence. I'm not alone inside of FB. There isn't a neutral position on racism."

Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

While Facebook has taken steps in recent years to do more to moderate its platform, including cracking down on hate speech and misinformation, Zuckerberg has in the past year taken a hard line on issues of speech from politicians.

Over the weekend, Zuckerberg sought to bring attention to efforts by Facebook and his personal advocacy organization, the Chan Zuckerberg initiative, directed at racial justice.

On Friday, Zuckerberg told Trump by phone that he disagreed with his rhetoric about the protesters and that it was putting Facebook in a difficult position, according to three people familiar with the conversation who requested anonymity to discuss the private call. Details of the discussion were first reported by Axios.

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