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by Brandon Butler
Facebook Employees Virtually Walkout in Protest of Trump’s Posts 6/1/2020

Sheera Frenkel and Mike Isaac reporting for the New York Times:

Dozens of Facebook employees, in rare public criticism on Monday of their own company, protested executives’ decision not to do anything about inflammatory posts that President Trump had placed on the giant social media platform over the last week.

The employees, who took the day off by logging into Facebook’s systems and requesting time off to support protesters across the country, also added an automated message to their emails saying that they were out of the office in a show of protest. The group is one of many clusters of employees attempting to push back on executives.

Walking out in protest is much harder when you work from home, but I applaud the employees at Facebook who are cable of doing this.

Casey Newton from The Verge tweeted:

For those curious: hearing from two sources that ~400 people have participated in today’s Facebook walkout so far. If I’m undercounting or you have more info hit me up!

Four hundred may not sound like a lot, but Facebook employees many people who may either be unable to afford a day off or unable to afford losing their jobs should Zuck and Co. decide to retaliate against the walkouts. Facebook is on the wrong side of history here, and it’s good that the employees know this and aren’t staying silent.