Saturday, 27 February 2016

Zuckerberg reprimands Facebook staff defacing 'Black Lives Matter'

 Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg has reportedly taken his staff to task for scrawling "all lives matter" over "black lives matter" messages written on the walls of the social network's Menlo Park, California headquarters. USA TODAY

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is responding forcefully after incidents in which employees crossed out "Black Lives Matter" and wrote "All Lives Matter" on the walls of the company's Menlo Park, Calif., campus.

Facebook, whose staff is 2% black, is investigating the racially charged incidents in which the movement's slogan was defaced. Those actions have been a "deeply hurtful and tiresome experience for the black community," Zuckerberg said in an internal post obtained by Gizmodo.

Facebook declined to comment.

"We've never had rules around what people can write on our walls," said Zuckerberg in the post. "We expect everybody to treat each other with respect."

It's a longstanding tradition at Facebook that employees can write on the walls, dry-erase message boards or chalkboards, much as they would on their virtual wall on Facebook.

"There have been several recent instances of people crossing out 'black lives matter' and writing 'all lives matter' on the walls" Zuckerberg wrote. "Despite my clear communication at Q&A last week that this was unacceptable, and messages from several other leaders from across the company, this has happened again. I was already very disappointed by this disrespectful behavior before, but after my communication I now consider this malicious as well.


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