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Facebook does nothing against Donald Trump's glorifying post - employees go on strike


Twitter has marked a post by Donald Trump after the death of George Floyd as glorifying violence. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg sees no need for action.

Twitter has marked a post by Donald Trump after the death of George Floyd as glorifying violence. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg sees no need for action.

  • Twitter has tweeted a tweet from US President Donald Trump *, with poor results. 
  • Trump's spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany attacks Twitter and Google
  • In the controversy surrounding a violent tweet from Donald Trump , Facebook employees went on strike .

Update from Tuesday, June 2, 2020, 11:02 a.m .: After a controversial statement by US President Donald Trump on Twitter and Facebook , Facebook employees went on strike . They disagree with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg's decision not to act against Trump's tweet, unlike Twitter.

According to US media reports, some Facebook employees stopped working in the home office on Monday (01.06.2020) in protest. However, it is unclear how many employees took part in this campaign. A number of employees also made public statements about the case: "Mark is wrong - and I will try to change his mind as loud as possible," wrote Ryan Freitas on Twitter. He is responsible for product design for Facebook's news feed.

Mark is wrong, and I will endeavor in the loudest possible way to change his mind.

- Ryan Freitas (@ryanchris) June 1, 2020

Controversy over Donald Trump's tweet: Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg sees no need for action

The controversy revolves around a tweet from Donald Trump, which was also reflected on his Facebook profile. In it he responds to the first riots in Minneapolis after the death of African American George Floyd. The US president wrote that control would be restored, adding: "When the looting starts, there will be shooting" - "when the looting starts, the shooting starts".

Twitter had given a warning to Trump's tweet for violating the ban on glorifying violence on the platform. Mark Zuckerberg , on the other hand, said the post was compatible with the Facebook rules , even if he personally disliked such "divisive and seductive rhetoric". "But it is my responsibility not only to react personally, but as the head of an institution that is committed to freedom of speech."

Donald Trump signs decree - Twitter counters and marks Tweet as "glorifying violence"

+++ 10:45: Twitter on Friday morning (29.05.2020) another tweet from Donald Trump marked with a reference. Trump had betted against demonstrators in Minneapolis. "When the looting begins, the shooting begins," Trump said in the tweet. 

Twitter then marked the post with a reference to the glorification of violence. However, the decision was made to keep the contribution accessible as there might be a public interest.  

.... These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won't let that happen. Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the Military is with him all the way. Any difficulty and we will assume control but when the looting starts, the shooting starts. Thank you!

- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 29, 2020

Trump had also said that he could imagine closing social media providers entirely, or at least heavily regulating them, if they restricted his right to freedom of expression. On Friday morning, Trump signed a decree to end social media protection from law enforcement.

Fox presenter Neil Cavuto says Trump would shut down "one of the largest social networks in the world." The post that Trump would have posted would simply have been "wrong," the moderator said. This is unusual inasmuch as Fox News has mostly been pro-Trump. 

Donald Trump against Twitter: US President signs decree

Update from Friday, May 29th, 2020, 6.45am: After the conflict with Twitter *, US President Donald Trump signed a decree to end the protection of social media against law enforcement. According to the arrangement, the platform's options for moderating content should also be curtailed. The trigger for the enactment was a confrontation by Trump with the short message service Twitter, which had subjected a contribution by Trump to a fact check and rated it as wrong. 

If the decree is implemented, lawsuits against social media for the published content would be possible. As the reason for the move, Trump cited that the social media are no longer neutral, but are pursuing "political activism". 

Donald Trump against big tech: spokeswoman attacks Twitter and Google

+++ 20.55 clock: Google  also heard a lot in the press conference from Trump spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany . The internet company would vote against conservatives, but would work closely with the government of the People's Republic of China. Google has, among other things, adapted its search algorithm to the authoritarian laws in China.

The same applies to Twitter . "They are both very strict when it comes to President Donald Trump , but very relaxed when it comes to China," said McEnany. In addition, Twitter would "spread the liberal's calls for violence." The "big tech" companies should check the facts rather the journalists and "the left-wing media".

When asked when Donald Trump would sign an ordinance against Twitter , McEnany said, “We hope it will happen before 5pm today. We cannot say that for sure. ”

Donald Trump: Twitter and Google are now on the enemy list

+++ 8.30 p.m .: Kayleigh McEnany spoke at a press conference about the dispute between the US government and Twitter . The spokeswoman for US President Donald Trump walked the short message service to hard. Twitter would specifically target Trump and the Conservatives.

When asked about the possible steps announced by Trump against Twitter , McEnany remained vague. A presidential decree would be an option. What such an ordinance would contain remains unclear, as does the question of whether it would exist before the United States courts.

Donald Trump wants to take action against Twitter & Co.

+++ 4.15 p.m .: According to US media reports, Donald Trump could target the comprehensive legal protection of social services with his new regulation - a cornerstone that has made Facebook, Twitter and YouTube possible in their current form. The Washington Post and New York Times, citing a draft ruling, said the Department of Commerce should call the FCC telecommunications regulator to review the scope of a regulation known as Section 230.

According to this regulation - part of a law of 1996 - online services are not liable for content published by users such as comments and videos. At the same time, platforms are allowed to act against certain content or users. You would get "a shield and a sword", the authors of the regulation explained at the time.

The draft presidential order sees reportedly ago also to entrust the responsible among other things for Consumer Protection Inspectorate FTC with the investigation of complaints about political bias. In addition, federal authorities should be required to review their spending on advertising on social media.

Donald Trump against Twitter: US President announces "big day"

+++ 14.40 clock: Shortly after breakfast, Donald Trump apparently announces the big blow against social media. Twitter is likely to be the primary focus of the US President .

The short message service from San Francisco had recently subjected Trump's tweets to a fact check. The content did not stand up to scrutiny. Trump then announced measures against Twitter.

Now the US president is getting serious. At least he tweeted first thing in American morning: "This will be a great day for social media and FAIRNESS!"

This will be a Big Day for Social Media and FAIRNESS!

- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 28, 2020

After trouble with Twitter: Mark Zuckerberg stands behind Donald Trump 

Update from Thursday, May 28, 2020, 11:21 a.m .: Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg interfered in the dispute between the short message service Twitter and US President Donald Trump . Zuckerberg told Fox News: "I just strongly believe that Facebook shouldn't be the arbiter of the truth of what people say online," which Zuckerberg criticized Twitter for and behind Trump

Twitter had had a fact check on the President's tweet for the first time on Wednesday. Trump had claimed in his Twitter message that absentee voting encouraged election fraud, which the fact check found to be misleading. Trump then accused Twitter of interfering in the US presidential election in November.

An obviously true statement that will nevertheless drive people on the internet insane:

“Zuckerberg says private companies shouldn't be 'the arbiter of truth'”

- Logan Dobson (@LoganDobson) May 27, 2020

Zuckerberg added: "Private companies, especially platform companies, should probably not be in a position to do that." US President Trump then retweeted a post quoting Zuckerberg. 

Update from Thursday, May 28, 2020, 6:38 a.m .:  After Donald Trump's anger about the short message service Twitter , the White House has announced a presidential decree on social media. A White House spokeswoman said on Wednesday night on Trump's return flight from Cape Canaveral to Washington, according to journalists traveling with him, that Trump would sign a social media ruling this Thursday. At first, no details were known. 

Donald Trump had previously threatened to regulate or shut down social media because it suppressed conservative voices. It remained unclear on what legal basis the government could undertake such regulation. 

Twitter marks Donald Trump's tweets as fake news - US President threatens: "I will not allow that!"

Update from Wednesday, May 27, 2020, 2:00 p.m .:  In the conflict with the online service  Twitter , US President Donald Trump threatened to close online networks on Wednesday. Republican politicians have the feeling "that social media platforms completely silence conservative voices," Trump wrote on Twitter on Wednesday. "We will strictly regulate or close them before we will ever allow that," Trump threatened.

Republicans feel that Social Media Platforms totally silence conservatives voices. We will strongly regulate, or close them down, before we can ever allow this to happen. We saw what they attempted to do, and failed, in 2016. We can't let a more sophisticated version of that ....

- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 27, 2020

Twitter had previously factored a tweet from Donald Trump's postal polls - the first time ever.

Twitter marks Trump tweets as fake news

First message from Wednesday, May 27, 2020, 6.48 a.m .: Washington - That Donald Trump likes to tweet * is nothing new. The incumbent US President has sold more than 50,000 tweets in the past ten years. The short message service Twitter has subjected a contribution by US President Donald Trump to a fact check for the first time. Trump tweeted on Tuesday that the postal vote would encourage election fraud *. 

Twitter then provided a link to Donald Trump's tweet with the note: "Learn the facts about postal voting". This link leads to a Twitter page in which Trump's claim is rejected as "unfounded". Twitter spokesman Nick Pacilio confirmed that it was the first Twitter fact check of a Trump tweet.

Donald Trump: Twitter subjects Trump's Tweet to a fact check 

The Twitter fact check relies on the CNN broadcaster, the Washington Post newspaper and other unnamed experts - CNN and the Washington Post are proven critics of Trump. The fact check states, among other things, that Donald Trump incorrectly claims that California would send postal ballot papers to anyone in the state "regardless of who they are or how they got there." In fact, only registered voters would receive postal ballot papers. Trump also claims that postal voting would result in “a rigged election”.

. @ Twitter is now interfering in the 2020 Presidential Election. They are saying my statement on Mail-In Ballots, which will lead to massive corruption and fraud, is incorrect, based on fact-checking by Fake News CNN and the Amazon Washington Post ....

- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 26, 2020

Trump's response was not long in coming. “Twitter is now interfering in the 2020 presidential election. They claim that my statement about postal votes is incorrect based on the Fake News CNN and the Amazon Washington Post . Twitter is trying to stifle free speech and I, as president, will not allow that to happen. ” 

Twitter: Donald Trump does poorly on fact check 

Twitter is Donald Trump's most important mouthpiece. The US President is followed by more than 80 million people there. The short message service has come under fire for failing to address Trump's false, misleading, or offensive tweets. 

Because of the coronavirus pandemic *, the call for expanded postal voting in the US presidential election * on November 3 was raised. Trump and his Republicans oppose it because they fear that the U.S. Democrats may benefit from a postal vote. Twitter spokesman Pacilio said it was not Twitter's first fact check. However, it was the first time that Trump had been subjected to the procedure. Pacilio left open whether the President's tweets would continue to be checked for their veracity.

Marvin Ziegele with dpa 

The US corona crisis is far from over. People from Brazil are denied entry, it is unclear when Europeans are allowed back in the country. 

Whether Trump against Twitter or Drosten against picture. The Corona crisis shows a whole new quality in the importance of social media.

* is part of the nationwide Ippen-Digital editors network. 

Rubric list image: © Julien Mattia / Le Pictorium Agency via ZUMA / dpa

Source: merkur

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