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Facebook Warns Employees Not to Wear Company Gear In Public After Banning Trump

Facebook's internal security team has warned employees not to wear or carry any Facebook-branded gear in public.

"In light of recent events, and to err on the side of caution, global security is encouraging everyone to avoid wearing or carrying Facebook-branded items at this time," the memo said without apparently mentioning Trump by name. [...]

It's no surprise that social media companies are worried about backlash from Trump's cadre of dangerous extremists. Though one can't help but wonder where we'd be today had companies like Facebook and Twitter taken Trump's authoritarian language more seriously over the past four years. [...]

Facebook and Twitter may have done the right thing by banning Trump after the Capitol coup attempt, but it's way too late to call leadership at these companies anything but complicit in the damage Trump has done to the country. There would very likely be no Trump presidency without Twitter and Facebook.

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8 Responses:

  1. @rangerns says:

    Inglourious Basterds, 2021

  2. Terry Weissman says:

    I don't think I'm revealing any big secrets when I say ... this is nothing new. Facebook routinely says things like this to its employees all the time, starting at orientation and periodically thereafter. They worry that wackos will target anyone who identifies themselves as a FB employee, and they've been worrying about that for years.

    Yes, yes, feel free to agree with the wackos.

    • Former Bookie says:

      That's a fairly recent thing, it didn't used to be that way. I don't recall it until after Cambridge Analytica, other than the usual "don't wear your badge in public" and "be careful at shuttle stops" stuff. But then I quit after that to further avoid destroying civilization as we know it.

      • Terry Weissman says:

        Cambridge Analytics was years ago. My point is not that Facebook has been this way forever and ever; my point is that it has little to do with the most recent Trump insanity.

  3. Jeff Allen says:

    Probably better to leave a multi-year gap in your resume than to put FB on it too. That would be a hard pass at my workplace.

    Christ, what assholes.

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