Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his company are making headlines, but this time it’s not for something being offered to consumers. Instead, the news is coming from within.
Facebook maintains “free speech” whiteboards throughout it’s Menlo Park, Calif., headquarters. Staff members are allowed to write whatever they wish on the whiteboards.
Zuckerberg is apparently furious someone has, on more than one occasion, marked through “Black Lives Matter” statements and replaced them with “All Lives Matter” comments. Zuckerberg admitted in a private memo to employees he’d already asked his staff to refrain from marking through the BLM messages, yet someone keeps striking through them and writing “all lives matter.”
Zuckerberg was “disappointed” when it was happening earlier, but now he says he considers the action “malicious.” Zuckerberg then made reference to black social justice movements of the BLM group by saying the group only seeks to achieve “the justice they deserve.”
Zuckerberg said there were never any rules about what any staffer wanted to write on the whiteboards, but that striking through messages is equated to “silencing speech.” Zuckerberg then encouraged anyone and everyone to attend the on-campus “Black Town Hall” being held March 4.
It seems from the tone in the memo the free speech whiteboards may not be so free any longer if staffers are being told what they can and cannot do on the whiteboards. Faced with what Zuckerberg appears to view as a crisis of free speech, his leadership decision to investigate “the current incidents” may have some of his employees on edge for exercising their own rights to free speech by disagreeing with BLM statements.