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Zuckerberg speaks on Black Lives and hate speech issues

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg reprimanded his employees for crossing out “black lives matter” on signature walls at Facebook headquarters and writing “all lives…

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The Black Lives Matter Movement has been instrumental in providing light on racial disparities, injustice and police brutality that African-Americans face on a daily basis across America.

In a note posted to Facebook employees on a company announcement page, first published by Gizmodo, CEO Mark Zuckerberg reprimanded his employees for crossing out “black lives matter” on signature walls at Facebook headquarters and writing “all lives matter” instead. 

 Photo via Gizmodo
 

“I was already very disappointed by this disrespectful behavior before, but after my communication, I now consider this malicious as well,” Zukerberg wrote in the note. “There are specific issues affecting the black community in the United States, coming from a history of oppression and racism. ‘Black lives matter’ doesn’t mean other lives don’t, it’s simply asking that the black community also achieves the justice they deserve.”

Zuckerberg went on to say further that the company is investigating the incidents, because they have been “deeply hurtful and tiresome” for the Facebook community. Facebook has confirmed the authenticity of the internal note, according to NPR, but has not provided further details of the investigation. 

Similarly, Zuckerberg announced last Friday during a visit to Berlin that Facebook would do more to address hate speech against migrants. 

“But we’re always trying to do better,” he said in article appearing on thehill.com. “This is an area where we recognize how sensitive it is, especially with the migrant crisis here.” 

Many users worry that platforms like Facebook are not doing enough to stop speech against migrants, many of whom are Muslim. 

In a interview with Bloomberg, Zuckerberg stated that about 200 people in Germany will police the site to remove racist posts, his clearest public remarks on the issue since Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government complained that the social network wasn’t doing enough to crack down on racists outbursts. 

The German government reached a deal with Facebook, Twitter and Google in December to get them to cease hateful comments online. 

“One of the things that is unique in Germany is that migrants are a protected class,” Zuckerberg said Friday. “And frankly before we started engaging more with government and civil society here in Germany, that wasn’t how we operated around the world.”

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