Zuckerberg finally explains why Facebook is doing nothing about Trump's posts


Twitter has flagged one of US President Donald Trump's tweets for "violating its rules about glorifying violence".

However, Facebook joined Twitter in criticising Trump's executive order on "preventing online censorship" issued on Thursday. The protests took a violent turn in some parts of the state, with several lootings being caught on camera by security footages and bystanders.

Trump's Facebook post in question included the same comments he made on Twitter about how "when the looting starts, the shooting starts" - comments that have a racist historical context and led Twitter to place a content warning on his tweet for "glorifying violence".

In a long screed posted to Facebook, Mr Zuckerberg said he had been personally struggling with how to respond to the president.

"I want to express our nation's deepest condolences and heartfelt condolences to the George Floyd family", Trump said during a roundtable event at the White House, then added: "I spoke to family members - wonderful people".

The latest spasm of unrest in Minnesota's largest city went largely unchecked, despite Governor Tim Walz ordering the National Guard activated to help restore order following the first two days of disturbances sparked by Monday night's fatal arrest of Floyd, 46. "Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts", he wrote.

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He said "unlike Twitter" Facebook does not have a policy of putting warnings in front of posts that may incite violence. It's very simple, nobody should have any problem with this other than the haters, and those looking to cause trouble on social media. The killing of George Floyd showed yet again that. "We need to come together as a country to pursue justice and break this cycle".

"But I'm responsible for reacting not just in my personal capacity but as the leader of an institution committed to free expression".

"I know many people are upset that we've left the President's posts up", Zuckerberg wrote in a Facebook post. "Our policy around incitement of violence allows discussion around state use of force, although I think today's situation raises important questions about what potential limits of that discussion should be", he said.

"Because we believe that if a post incites violence, it should be removed regardless of whether it is newsworthy, even if it comes from a politician", Mr Zuckerberg said.

In response, the president signed an executive order that aims to remove Twitter's protections against civil claims in cases where it acts as an "editor" rather than a publisher.

"Republicans feel that Social Media Platforms totally silence conservatives voices".