The precipitating event for the Stop Hate for Profit campaign was Zuckerberg’s decision to allow Trump to quote a racist 1960s police chief’s threat against the hundreds of thousands of people who took to the streets to protest the alleged police murder of George Floyd: “When the looting starts, the shooting starts.”
That a website would allow the head of state to say something. Appalling, eh?
But however much credit Facebook thinks it deserves, the days of utopian thinking about the social media platform’s ability to foster positive social change are gone.
That’s really what the complaints are about. Back when Obama was incisively using Facebook to forward what the noodlenecks define as “positive” social change then that was fine, lovely, cool. The moment anything that isn’t so defined as “positive” uses the same tools that ain’t.
Actually, as with the general view of free speech these days. Sure, free speech, very important, but only if I already agree with you.