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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