Donald Trump’s Facebook posts caused such an uproar amongst the employees even CEO Mark Zuckerberg had to mediate.
Donald Trump’s remarks about immigration on Facebook were designated as hate speech by representatives of the social network, who wanted for them to be taken down, as per a new report.
Sources informed The Wall Street Journal that those analyzing content on the website argued for the comments should be taken down.
However according to the statement, they were directed not to remove the posts, and CEO Mark Zuckerberg informed employees it would be inappropriate to take them down.
The so-called Billionaire’s posts first came on the radar by the system after he incorporated a link to a December campaign announcement entitled: “On preventing Muslim immigration.”
Users flagged the post as hate speech, inciting discussion among employees online, many of whom pushed for his comments to be deleted, however, managers were against such.
In response to the report, a Facebook spokeswoman said its reviewers examined the context of the post when evaluating if to take it down. “That context can incorporate the value of political discourse,” she said.
“Many people are voicing opinions about this particular content, and it has become an important part of the conversation around who the next US president will be.”
On Friday, senior members of Facebook’s policy team posted more details on its policy. “In the weeks ahead, we’re going to begin allowing more items that people find newsworthy, significant, or important to the public interest—even if they might otherwise violate our standards,” they wrote.