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Zuckerberg posts ‘Black lives matter’ and pledges to review Facebook’s policies

Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook will review its policies concerning the state use of force, voter suppression and content moderation, as the company faces a backlash from many of its own workers over its inaction on controversial posts by President Donald Trump.

In a note to employees that he later shared on his Facebook (FB) page on Friday, Zuckerberg acknowledged that the decision about Trump’s posts “left many of you angry, disappointed and hurt.”

The Facebook cofounder and CEO also addressed the protests that have erupted across the United States and around the world following the death of George Floyd.

“To members of our Black community: I stand with you. Your lives matter. Black lives matter,” he wrote.

Zuckerberg’s remarks come days after he hosted a contentious town hall with Facebook employees, a number of whom expressed outrage at Facebook’s decision not to take action against posts by Trump that rival platform Twitter flagged as having violated its own rules. One of those posts referred to mail-in ballots, while another containing the phrase “when the looting starts, the shooting starts” was labeled by Twitter for flouting its policies on glorifying violence.

Facebook will review its policies on both those fronts, Zuckerberg said, specifically accounting for “instances of excessive use of police or state force” and “civil unrest,” as well as “the realities of voting in the midst of a pandemic.”

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