NYT tech reporter. tell me stuff at Mike.Isaac@nytimes.com or mjisaac@protonmail.com
powerful from @BarrySchnitt, formerly of FB https://medium.com/@barryschnitt/dear-facebook-employees-7d01761e591f
Here's the final version of our story today on Zuckerberg defending Facebook's position on Trump's posts. More details within, including information on his phone call with Trump. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/02/technology/zuckerberg-defends-facebook-trump-posts.html?action=click&module=News&pgtype=Homepage
as;ldmfa;sndkga;sdbngas;dngasd https://twitter.com/Redskins/status/1267918269798850563
 
did you see the video of the Klansmen kneeling? goosebumps
RT @TheOnion: Community Of Losers Comes Together To Clean Graffiti Off Multinational Banking Conglomerate https://bit.ly/2XpipuY https://t…
RT @liamgallagher: BLACK LIVES MATTER
RT @MikeIsaac: Woof. intense qutestion from FB employee: "“Why are the smartest people in the world focused on contorting and twisting our…
I think employees were riding high as they cranked out product releases and tried to help amid COVID quarantines. Now they're back in this position of being reviled for a content decision, and it's very deflating. That seems like a big theme, even Zuckerberg recognizes it.
something adding to the angst inside Facebook right now was pinpointed by MZ himself: “It felt to me that over the last couple of months there was this brief moment of unity with our response on COVID, where it felt like we were all in this together,” he said on the call.
yep, in my bio and pinned tweet i have contact info, can send signal info too. also secure email = mjisaac@protonmail.com https://twitter.com/AaronFriel/status/1267905682830790656
i should probably end this thread by noting if any folks want to share their feedback on how you felt the call went, feel free
Zuckerberg ends call with his core belief that despite making some difficult decisions, "the net impact of the different things we’re doing in the world is positive. I really believe it is," he said. We'll be updating our story below throughout the day. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/02/technology/zuckerberg-defends-facebook-trump-posts.html
MZ says hes gotten tons of messages saying they believe FB is doing the right thing, but also they're concerned about how to say that in public without being insensitive. One Employee expressed similar sentiment on the call. A good amount of FB employees stand by the decision.
Woof. intense qutestion from FB employee: "“Why are the smartest people in the world focused on contorting and twisting our policies to avoid antagonizing trump?” https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/02/technology/zuckerberg-defends-facebook-trump-posts.html
 
Because that’s what Zuck does with China too. He sees how the world is going.
have to say, from what me, @sheeraf and @ceciliakang are hearing....this is not going over super well. Zuckerberg spent probably 20-30 minutes delivering his reasons for the post staying up. now taking pointed and heated questions from employees directly
one point Zuckerberg has made pretty stridently throughout the call homes in on how important it is that the video depicting Floyd's death was also posted to Facebook's platform. That this video, which may be upsetting to some people, also is shared widely and can enact change
 
hhhhhoooooooly sheeeeet. hopefully he did not think THAT was going to chill people out.
RT @MikeIsaac: Facebook employees are now openly resigning in protest of Mark Zuckerberg's policies on Trump, and posting the evidence to L…
RT @puiwingtam: No backing down by Zuck today (or ever) @MikeIsaac @ceciliakang @sheeraf https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/02/technology/zuckerberg-defends-facebook-trump-posts.html?smid=tw-share
Zuckerberg on a call with employees now, delivering a justification of the company's policy decisions. He also said the company plans to review and see if policies are in need of changing for the future. story with @ceciliakang and @sheeraf https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/02/technology/zuckerberg-defends-facebook-trump-posts.html
NEWS: In a call with employees Tuesday morning, Mark Zuckerberg holds firm on the company's decision on Trump's posts. "This was a tough decision. But i feel this was pretty thorough," Zuckerberg said. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/02/technology/zuckerberg-defends-facebook-trump-posts.html
 
wait yesterday he said he would take a look and this morning he says it was pretty thorough mike
 
As predicted. https://www.wired.com/story/facebook-employees-rare-step-call-out-mark-zuckerberg/
 
hey. mike. i appreciate your reporting (and also your new profile pic)
RT @balupuppy: @MikeIsaac @_cingraham Longer version from his FB account:
Facebook employees are now openly resigning in protest of Mark Zuckerberg's policies on Trump, and posting the evidence to LinkedIn, Twitter et. al. https://www.linkedin.com/posts/timothy-j-aveni_blacklivesmatter-activity-6673316720993824768-q_dU/
thousands of years of human technological achievement have led to doin it for the gram
RT @MikeIsaac: these quotes are the most “how do you do, fellow teens?” shit ive ever seen https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/security/twitter-takes-down-washington-protest-disinformation-bot-behavior-n1221456
RT @MikeIsaac: these quotes are the most “how do you do, fellow teens?” shit ive ever seen https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/security/twitter-takes-down-washington-protest-disinformation-bot-behavior-n1221456
these quotes are the most “how do you do, fellow teens?” shit ive ever seen https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/security/twitter-takes-down-washington-protest-disinformation-bot-behavior-n1221456
“good job guys! BLM!” https://twitter.com/joshlecash/status/1267611553005621249
me when my parents ask me how Sunday school went https://twitter.com/bad_takes/status/1267594813710446593
don lemon just gave me a panic attack
audible explosions and screaming in the CNN shot as trump says he’s flooding the streets with “thousands of heavily armed soldiers”
final update on our piece inside Facebook, including details from Zuckerberg's live-streamed Q&A last week. w/ @sheeraf @ceciliakang @gabrieldance https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/01/technology/facebook-employee-protest-trump.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage
RT @sheeraf: SCOOP with @MikeIsaac, Facebook employees are staging a walkout today for the first time in the company's history. They are pr…
RT @dan_abramov: The React Core team is joining the Facebook employee walkout in solidarity with the Black community. Facebookʼs recent de…
RT @bdotdub: I DO NOT agree w Mark's choice not to label posts that incite violence I am making my voice heard in internally. And also "wa…
here's our updated story with more from dissenters inside of Facebook https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/01/technology/facebook-employee-protest-trump.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage
as noted in piece with @sheeraf, Zuckerberg moved his weekly livestreamed Q&A up to tomorrow as the employee angst rose through the weekend. Right now they're taking questions inside from employees for tomorrow's stream. i imagine it will be as heated as last week's.
RT @sheeraf: SCOOP with @MikeIsaac, Facebook employees are staging a walkout today for the first time in the company's history. They are pr…
last night, as employee anger reached a crescendo inside the company, Zuckerberg said Facebook would be donating $10 million to groups working on racial justice. that seemed to have the opposite effect that was intended, as insiders saw FB Execs throwing money at the problem.
RT @sheeraf: SCOOP with @MikeIsaac, Facebook employees are staging a walkout today for the first time in the company's history. They are pr…
Facebook employees are staging an internal walkout in protest of Mark zuckerberg’s decision to keep the President’s inflammatory posts up, despite the company’s policies on incitement to violence and voter suppression. w @sheeraf https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/01/technology/facebook-employee-protest-trump.html
everyone deals with life differently but it is blowing my mind seeing some posts from folks who appear to be in an alternate reality where everything is fine read the room
RT @Salaaaad: This man hit up Target, said fuck the money and copped a mf Bionicle. #King
NYPD, pulling a protestor’s mask down to mace him in the face https://twitter.com/sifill_ldf/status/1266928343141752833?s=21 https://twitter.com/sifill_ldf/status/1266928343141752833
jordan has compiled a bunch of these examples (of which there are too many to keep track) https://twitter.com/jordanuhl/status/1266917228752056320?s=21 https://twitter.com/jordanuhl/status/1266917228752056320
Atlanta PD, tasing two people in their car https://twitter.com/kcj_swish/status/1266913464234237954?s=21 https://twitter.com/kcj_swish/status/1266913464234237954
this is SLC PD shoving a senior down in the street, unprovoked https://twitter.com/bubbaprog/status/1266908354821206016?s=21 https://twitter.com/bubbaprog/status/1266908354821206016
RT @MikeIsaac: it's this clip. employees are sharing this @AOC on the Zuckerberg all-hands Q&A stream in protest. it is not going well h…
RT @MikeIsaac: it's not too often morale gets this funky inside of Facebook, but things are strained. some folks comparing it to the very r…
RT @MikeIsaac: there’s a company-wide question and answer session with Zuckerberg scheduled for now (4:15pm PT) that employees hope will pr…
RT @MikeIsaac: Twitter and Facebook have the same basic policies around voter suppression and incitement to violence, and trump posted the…
to those inside Facebook complaining about leaks to press “ruining the culture” — leaks are a symptom of a greater dysfunction, a colleague’s attempt to correct the core problem by making the company accountable to others outside itself hand wringing over leaks is short-sighted
 
There are as many reasons people leak as there are people who leak.
RT @MikeIsaac: here’s NYPD throwing a woman to the ground in full view of the public outside of Barclays
RT @psychonegraut: Oh bITCH WE GOT THE AMISH OUT THEY CRIB
here’s NYPD throwing a woman to the ground in full view of the public outside of Barclays https://twitter.com/whitney_hu/status/1266540710188195843
RT @MikeIsaac: it's this clip. employees are sharing this @AOC on the Zuckerberg all-hands Q&A stream in protest. it is not going well h…
RT @MikeIsaac: it's not too often morale gets this funky inside of Facebook, but things are strained. some folks comparing it to the very r…
RT @MikeIsaac: Twitter and Facebook have the same basic policies around voter suppression and incitement to violence, and trump posted the…
it's this clip. employees are sharing this @AOC on the Zuckerberg all-hands Q&A stream in protest. it is not going well https://twitter.com/donie/status/1266416129448255489
so the way these Q&A's work, Zuckerberg's video streams and employees ask questions of him in a text box, sort of like a twitch stream. employees have taken to sharing clips of MZ's testimony to @AOC last year as a way to push back, wondering if the guidelines still truly exist.
My 7 year old just now, looking at me reading @MikeIsaac's tweets: "What's rat king?" ... "He's a rat king??"
 
Tell him it's true, and it pisses off the other rats.
it's not too often morale gets this funky inside of Facebook, but things are strained. some folks comparing it to the very real angst inside the company around the Kavanaugh hearings and Facebook's involvement in them. some employees are lobbing Q's at Mark, most are just upset
RT @yashar: . @MikeIsaac is a fabulous reporter.
it's only been minutes but the majority of employee responses to Zuckerberg's decision thus far are....not very positive
here's his breakdown of how they dissected the President's post, and how they are in or not in line with FB's policies. https://www.facebook.com/zuck/posts/10111961824369871
Zuckerberg makes the call to keep POTUS' posts up inside Facebook so that people can see them for themselves, despite MZ's own "visceral negative reaction to this kind of divisive and inflammatory rhetoric." https://www.facebook.com/zuck/posts/10111961824369871
there’s a company-wide question and answer session with Zuckerberg scheduled for now (4:15pm PT) that employees hope will provide answers.
"Many people in the tech industry believe regulators ... are the one existential risk to Mr. Zuckerberg’s business." Sure won't be his conscience. There isn't one. piece by @MikeIsaac @ceciliakang https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/29/technology/twitter-facebook-zuckerberg-trump.html
Twitter and Facebook have the same basic policies around voter suppression and incitement to violence, and trump posted the same stuff to both platforms. Some FB employees are beginning to wonder what line must be crossed for the company to act. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/29/technology/twitter-facebook-zuckerberg-trump.html
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