Facebook’s Zuckerberg Was Reportedly Talked Out of Making Moves Against Trump as Far Back as 2015

Instead, Facebook eased its policies, Washington Post reports; meanwhile, advertiser boycott continues to grow

by Mike Murphy
Market Watch

Facebook Inc. Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg reportedly wanted to remove an incendiary post by then-candidate Donald Trump as far back as 2015, but was convinced instead to change Facebook’s rules to allow such posts in the name of political discourse.

The Washington Post reported Sunday that Trump’s 2015 video post calling for a ban on Muslim immigrants drew outrage by many senior Facebook leaders, including Zuckerberg, who at first wanted it to be taken down. But Zuckerberg was talked out of removing the post by other senior executives, including Joel Kaplan, Facebook’s vice president of global policy and its most prominent Republican executive, and the company instead created an allowance for controversial political discourse that prevented such posts from violating community standards, the Post reported, citing sources and internal documents.

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