5/30/2020, 4:29 AM (Source: TeleTrader)
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Zuckerberg explains not removing Trump's post

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg late on Friday issued a statement explaining his decision to leave United States President Donald Trump's post about George Floyd on the platform, despite its content suggesting violence.

He said the post which contained the line "when the looting starts, the shooting starts" reads as a warning about a state action and explained he believes people should be aware of the government's decision to deploy force amid protests. The company is determined to allow the freedom of expression unless it causes an "imminent risk of specific harms or dangers," Zuckerberg claimed, going on to say that despite containing a "troubling" historical reference, after close inspections, it was decided the post doesn't break the social network's policies.

"Unlike Twitter, we do not have a policy of putting a warning in front of posts that may incite violence 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. We have been in touch with the White House today to explain these policies as well," Zuckerberg added.

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