Facebook, Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) Workers Stage Virtual Walkout Against Zuckerberg
Dozens of Facebook Inc. employees staged a virtual walkout Monday morning to protest executives’ decision not to challenge President Donald Trump’s posts, a part of what seems to be a movement to challenge the leadership of Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg.
The workers, who requested time off in support of protesters nationwide, included automated email messages saying that they were out of the workplace in a show of protest. Other employees have threatened to quit, while some have circulated petitions.
“I am not happy with how we’re showing up,” Jason Toff, Facebook’s director of product management, tweeted Sunday. “The majority of co-workers I’ve spoken to feel the same way. We are making our voice heard.”
At least one employee, Owen Anderson, announced via tweet he was leaving Facebook on Monday. “To be clear, this was in the works for a while,” he said. “But after last week, I’m happy to no long (sic) support policies and values I vehemently disagree with.”
Another, Timothy Aveni, an engineer who worked on misinformation tools, said he was resigning. “Mark [Zuckerberg] always told us that he would draw the line at speech that calls for violence. He showed us on Friday that this was a lie,” Aveni said in a Facebook post Monday.
The walkout followed a weekend in which Facebook FB, +0.34% staff were vocal in their support of protesters following the death of George Floyd, and critical of their own company for its unfiltered treatment of Trump’s posts, which stood in contrast to Twitter Inc.’s TWTR, +1.16% censoring of the president’s words. Social Media are not responsible for what the president posts especially when they are politically motivated.
It was unclear Monday how long the protest would last, however it illustrates the deep divisions among some of the company’s 45,000 employees as Zuckerberg navigates a national crisis with social media platforms squarely in the middle. The acrimony within Facebook raises questions of the company’s ability to retain and recruit talent in Silicon Valley and beyond when it’s a lightning rod for criticism.
“We acknowledge the pain many of our people are feeling right now, particularly our Black community,” a Facebook spokesperson said concerning the virtual walkout. “We encourage staff to speak openly when they disagree with leadership. As we face additional difficult decisions around content ahead, we’ll continue seeking their honest feedback.”
What the walkout means to Facebook’s brand is another matter. Its stock is up 11% this year and 36% over the past 12 months, although it’s dipped in recent days. “In consumer’s eyes, Facebook’s brand has been losing goodwill measurably over the past year; Facebook’s response in this moment will either stoke or zap consumer energy — the emotional force that drives consumers to engage with the brand.
Trump slapped Twitter and Facebook with a politically charged executive order Thursday that intends to curb the ability of major social-media companies.
Zuckerberg has consistently held that Facebook won’t flag any of Trump’s entries, and he doubled-down on that edict after the executive order was issued. Zuckerberg promptly went on an impromptu media tour last week, including a stop at Fox News, where he said, “I simply believe strongly that Facebook shouldn’t be the arbiter of truth of everything that people say online.”
Trump, who has 29.75 million Facebook followers and 81.2 million on Twitter, has continued to post on Facebook with no action by the company.
“Crossing State lines to incite violence is a FEDERAL CRIME! Liberal Governors and Mayors must get much tougher or the federal government can step in and do what has to be done, which includes using the unlimited power of our Military and many arrests. thank you!” Trump said on Facebook. The post Drew 71,000 comments.
On Sunday, Trump was at it once more on Facebook: “Law Order in Philadelphia, NOW! they’re looting stores. Call in our great National Guard like they FINALLY did last night in Minneapolis. Is this what voters need with sleepy Joe? All Dems!”
The words and actions of Zuckerberg and Trump in recent days have inflamed passions among the company’s rank and file. Although the company on Friday inched toward tamping down on a number of websites including the banning of Natural News.
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Several employees spoke openly Sunday evening on Twitter about their disappointment, and others have spoken to the media.
“I have to say I’m finding the contortions we have to go through unbelievably hard to stomach,” wrote one employee, as quoted by The Verge. “All this points to a really high risk of a violent escalation and civil unrest in November and if we fail the test case here, history won’t judge United States kindly.”
Facebook is already being judged unkind by some politicians and activists along with staff.
“Facebook, all of them, they’re all about creating money,” Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said during a may 28 press conference. “Their business model is to create money at the expense of the truth and the facts.”
“In no uncertain terms, we condemn Mark Zuckerberg’s decision to continue publishing President Trump’s statements. Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights under Law, said in an email. “Facebook has yet again failed to act against an explicit violation of its own rules. Twitter is setting an important norm that, if it continues to follow through, can help build online dialogue that aligns with our national values and the rule of law.”
Zuckerberg and Facebook Chief operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg scheduled a call Monday with Vanita Gupta, CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, who is upset with Zuckerberg’s stance.
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Note: this chart shows extraordinary price action to the upside.
By the way, prices are vulnerable to a correction towards 205.60.
The projected upper bound is: 249.95.
The projected lower bound is: 218.81.
The projected closing price is: 234.38.
A white body occurred (because prices closed higher than they opened).
During the past 10 bars, there have been 7 white candles and 3 black candles for a net of 4 white candles. During the past 50 bars, there have been 31 white candles and 19 black candles for a net of 12 white candles.
A long lower shadow occurred. This is typically a bullish signal (particularly when it occurs near a low price level, at a support level, or when the security is oversold).
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Relative Strength Index (RSI)
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Commodity Channel Index (CCI)
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FACEBOOK INC A closed up 0.810 at 232.720. Volume was 15% below average (neutral) and Bollinger Bands were 1% narrower than normal.
Open High Low Close Volume 230.940 233.000 226.560 232.720 20,919,018
Technical Outlook Short Term: Neutral Intermediate Term: Bullish Long Term: Bullish
Moving Averages: 10-period 50-period 200-period Close: 228.97 192.62 193.87 Volatility: 41 56 50 Volume: 32,347,844 25,668,488 18,313,680
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FACEBOOK INC A is currently 20.0% above its 200-period moving average and is in an upward trend. Volatility is extremely low when compared to the average volatility over the last 10 periods. There is a good possibility that there will be an increase in volatility along with sharp price fluctuations in the near future.
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