President’s Tweets – level 3

08-06-2020 07:00

Some Facebook employees are protesting against the company’s decision to leave up controversial comments made by the US president, Donald Trump.

Last week, Twitter added a fact-check label to Trump’s tweet about the system of voting and a warning label on a tweet about the protests in Minneapolis. Twitter added that the second tweet could potentially encourage violence at the protests.

Facebook left the same posts up, and Facebook’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, later said that the posts did not break Facebook rules.

However, Facebook employees complained about the decision on Twitter. A Facebook employee said that he was ashamed to work for a company that did not take down Trump’s post that encouraged violence. Zuckerberg has repeatedly said that Facebook should not fact-check what politicians say on its platform.

Difficult words: controversial (when something causes a lot of disagreement or argument), fact-check label (when a social media platform marks someone’s post or tweet because it can contain misleading information), warning label (a label that is attached to an item and it warns about the risks connected with the item; when a social media platform marks someone’s post or tweet as potentially dangerous), platform (a service or a program).

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