Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg: defacing ‘Black Lives Matter’ slogan is ‘malicious’

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg scolded employees this week for crossing out the phrase “Black Lives Matter” and writing “All Lives Matter” on the walls of the company’s Menlo Park headquarters.

In an internal message obtained by Gizmodo, Zuckerberg said that he and other leaders have told employees in the past to stop the behavior but it hasn’t ceased yet.

“I was already very disappointed by this disrespectful behavior before, but after my clear communication I now consider this malicious as well,” he wrote in the post.

The company has a physical wall at its headquarters where visitors and employees can write messages, and the 31-year-old CEO noted that crossing out a phrase is equivalent to silencing speech.

Called “Black Lives Matter,” the movement was created after 17-year-old black teenager Trayvon Martin was fatally shot in 2012 by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in Florida. Zimmerman was acquitted of second-degree murder in 2013, sparking the movement and a nationwide discussion about racism.

“This has been a deeply hurtful and tiresome experience for the black community and really the entire Facebook community, and we are now investigating the current incidents,” Zuckerberg said.

Here’s the entire memo that Gizmodo posted:

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Tech firms, including Facebook, are trying to make their workforce more diverse but have struggled to do so. About 2 percent of Facebook’s U.S. workforce is black and an even smaller percentage are tech employees, data from 2015 shows.

SiliconBeat reached out to Facebook for a comment, but the company declined to comment on the record.

To read a more in-depth version of the story, including reaction from advocacy groups, click here.

Photo Credit: Mary Altaffer, Associated Press

 

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  • Guy LeDouche

    God forbid your employees tell you how they feel Zuck. D-bag.

    • ByeFelicia

      Says the guy commenting FROM Facebook. The very thing this so called D-bag created! Hypocrite!

      • Guy LeDouche

        Was I commenting on his ability to create social media sites? Criticizing his coding ability or stating that Facebook is wrong?

        No – I was commenting on his inability to understand that his employees are trying to tell him something about their opinions on the BLM cult.

        • alansanmateo

          well, the “BLM cult” happen to be CUSTOMERS of Zuckerberg, so…..

          if you don’t understand that you shouldn’t offend customers, then you don’t have a place in any company

          You are in the minority, and you are wrong, so…..

          and your right to free speech is not infringed by your employer telling you to STFU.

          • Guy LeDouche

            You know who else are customers? 95% of the population who think BLM is a racist cult.

    • Madjim

      As he stated – crossing out and erasing any messages is violating their company free speech policy. He never said people can’t write “All Lives Matter” – he said DO NOT CROSS OUT other people messages. Why is that wrong and offensive to you???? He is saying everyone should have a VOICE. D-bag.

      • Guy LeDouche

        Well – personally I find movements that promote segregation, violence toward others and blatantly racist ideology to be very offensive. So yeah – that is wrong to me.

        • alansanmateo

          I find that it’s always a mistake to be offended by things I don’t understand.

          • WalterBannon

            I find it is always a mistake to engage with idiots like you

          • alansanmateo

            er…yeah, but you just did. So you made a mistake. So sad…..

          • Guy LeDouche

            And I always find that small minds follow movements without really understanding what they are about. BLM is a media generated anti law enforcement cult that started when a neighborhood watch person shot and killed a criminal trying to kill him. That last sentence alone should should give you insight into intellectual power behind that movement of racists and radicals. But again…small minds follow…

            Fortunately they are in the minority. And this cult will fizzle out like so many others.

          • Madjim

            You and groups like you are the ones spreading that lies about it being anti-law enforcement. It is ABSOLUTELY disgusting and why you can admit to what you are truly trying to accomplish which is continue to divide this nation and not address the issues that impact our fellow Americans. Are they or their issues not “American” enough for you???

          • Guy LeDouche

            We are both talking about the Black Lives Matter movement right?

        • Madjim

          Then maybe you should read and talk to people actually part of the movement and what they are promoting before spreading your lies!!! R U Serious right – why even agree with someone that refuses to discuss actual issues instead doing the very thing he says is offensive to him – segregation.

  • David McDory

    This is a mild criticism. I would go for “lives”. Then what would he do? Fire me for this?

    • alansanmateo

      I would fire you.

      • David McDory

        I wouldn’t care to work in the company that puts on the walls politicial messages that I despise. I have the luxury to do only what I choose to.

        • alansanmateo

          good for you. That puts you in the 1%.

          If you “despise” BLM, then you really need some counseling. Anger management would be a good start.

          I can understand disagreeing with BLM, even though I think you are uninfored/ignorant or a racist, but if you “despise” the BLM message, then there is something wrong with your mental state. Less anger and more love would be a good start, EVEN IF you disagree with BLM. WWJD? Hate BLM? Doubtful.

          • David McDory

            I don’t hate anybody. BLM are liars, and the best proof is that they never get involved in cases of black-on-black crime.

          • alansanmateo

            I apologize – you said you “despise” the BLM message, so…..

            and I never said you “hate anybody” – if you have this much of an issue with reading comprehension, why would I trust anything you say about anything?

            again, BLM doesn’t have to work on issues that YOU think are important. Anyone can work on issues THEY think are important. Nothing wrong with that. Plenty of black people work on issues that relate to black on black crime. There is no reason that that is the ONLY issue a black person should work on. You may be amazed to find out that there are BLM folks who ALSO work with other organizations on all sorts of issues.

            Why do you feel the need to mischaracterize reality, just so you can criticize it? I am asking honestly. You should consider getting some counseling for that.

    • Madjim

      Yes, because it is a violation of corporate policy. As he stated – crossing out and erasing any messages is violating their company free speech policy. He never said people can’t write next to it “All Lives Matter” – he said DO NOT CROSS OUT other people messages. Why is that wrong and offensive to you????

      • David McDory

        Place of business isn’t a place for political messages, especially dubious ones like BLM.

  • David McDory

    This is a mild criticism. I would go for “lives”. Then what would he do? Fire me for this?

  • Coinspring

    #FacebookMattersNot

    • ByeFelicia

      I’m betting dollars to donuts you have an account.

      • LCIV

        Oh, he/she absolutely does–and spends a lot of time on something that “matters not.”

  • mzungu

    Took months and many tries for The Civil Rights Movement to find a graceful woman like Rosa Park to galvanize the masses behind her…. This time around, they are rallying around some thugs and robbers… 😛 Get real Zuck.

    • LCIV

      There are “thugs” in any movement. I think the BLM folks have an important message that should be taken seriously, and have every right to assertively present their thoughts to the general public. Instead of crossing out Black Lives Matter–maybe someone that differs in opinion can simply write “All Lives Matter” somewhere else on the wall. You’re not defacing the message of someone else, and also getting your point across.

      • Anton Karls

        if the BLM people really cared about black lives they would work to stop blacks from killing each other, but this is all just a charade because they only focus on the police and white people – while the vast majority of blacks are killed by other blacks. Don’t expect people to fall for this BS..

        • LCIV

          I would argue that many of the BLM representatives are active in the black community on issues of public safety, community organizing, afterschool programming to keep kids out of gangs, etc. Just because you write the cause off and are somehow under the impression they only focus on criticizing white people and cops, doesn’t mean that’s the reality. These folks are trying to do something on a political and community level–I respect that.

          • Anton Karls

            you may be a moderate voice and that’s fine and I respect it, you’re not trying to make a statement. But can you point me to something that reflects a true desire to improve black lives without attacking the police or white people in general?

          • alansanmateo

            are you honestly suggesting that the black community does not do anything to “improve black lives without attacking the police or white people in general”? Seriously? You really shouldn’t express opinions on topics that you are ignorant about. It makes you look like an ignoramus, at best, and a racist, at worst.

          • Anton Karls

            I was referring specifically to the BLM losers. There are many blacks trying to improve their lives and their communities. But the BLM targets the police and white people as threats to black people, yet all crime statistics prove the black kill and assault other blacks far more the the police or white people. If you don’t know this you’re ignorant and if you don’t look this up yourself you’re an idiot and a tool. So tell me what the BLM is doing to stop black on black crime? I’m sure the black communities in Baltimore, Oakland, and Chicago would like to know.

          • alansanmateo

            So a person doesn’t get to choose what issue they want to work on? Am I not supposed to work on teaching black kids to read because of black on black crime? Am I not supposed to work on inner city nutrition issues because of black on black crime? I understand your perspective, but I think it is wrong.

          • LCIV

            I think it’s important to look at the high level in which BLM has been able to engage the political world, which in turn, can create major change for a specific issue/cause, or causes.

            http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/11-big-accomplishments-black-activists-achieved-in-2015_us_567996bae4b0b958f6583320

            BLM is really focusing on, among other topics, incarceration rates in the black community and policing reform. Whether you and I as white people want to believe it or not–victims of police brutality are often minorities. That is a fact. I don’t look at it as an attack against police–because I feel most police do their job, and do it well…I think BLM understands that too.

            I’m just saying that the BLM movement is trying to be productive and make positive change in our community. Do I agree with everything they say? No. Do I think sometimes good cops are unfairly portrayed in protests and social media? Yes. But overall, like I feel about cops, I think the vast majority of the BLM movement participants are making positive change–and their voices are being heard. I mean, you have Zuckerberg and us talking about them–Bernie Sanders and Clinton talking to them. Our country needs to have tough discussions about race without pointing fingers. I’m glad it’s happening.

          • Anton Karls

            I have yet to see the BLM point fingers at themselves, not once – and according to all crime statistics blacks have more to fear from other blacks than the police or white people. You’re buying their BS and you’re free to do so. I do not.

    • Madjim

      Teenage kids regardless of their economic backgrounds are not “THUGS”. Your mentality is flaw. Who are you to judge what person is graceful enough or too thug to warrant justice and concerns from the public? By your very statement shows how little you know about the black community and the issues that they deal with and must address to better themselves and their community. Civil Rights was literally about 60 or so years ago – and you think everything is all rosy and happy go lucky now because we don’t have separate bathrooms?

      • mzungu

        Robing a store like Micheal Brown for cigars is plenty thuggish enuf for me.

        • alansanmateo

          Yes, we should absolutely shoot to kill if someone steals a can of coke. That seems like a proportionate response.

      • Tinker

        Do you know why more blacks are killed by police than any other ethnic group? It’s because the other groups follow the instructions of officers and don’t try to make themselves out to be above the law.

        Equality is about being equal, it’s not about superiority.

        • alansanmateo

          this is so funny. You do have to wonder if these people are serious, or if they get paid to post such nonsense. It shows such a lack of knowledge, it’s amazing. Yeah, not following directions is the reason people get shot. LOL. Hilarious.

          I do agree that most cops have an absolute hard-on for following directions. “He wouldn’t follow directions!!…er…I mean, I saw that he had a knife!”

          • Tinker

            I’m not saying there isn’t bad cops, there are, there are cops that think just because they carry a badge they’re right. They have a superiority complex, and that’s something an officer shouldn’t under any circumstance have because they basically make themselves out to be the judge, jury, and executioner.

            Two years ago I had the poor pleasure of coming across one like this, his lack of listening and jumping to conclusions influenced the criminal investigators’ point of view and almost cost an innocent man a lot. In less than two days, I caught the actual criminal for them.

            The investigator apologized, the officer didn’t.

            FYI: this was in Mineola TX

        • Madjim

          I don’t know where u got that I think blacks are superior. I’m not black and I certainly don’t think they are superior. And you are right – in that black communities have a deep seeded dis-trust of the government and police and authority. HMMMM knowing history in America – I can’t blame them. The problem isn’t about fair and equal – its about moving forward from our history of stereotypes and bigotry on both sides. Maybe if cops in those areas take a different approach of building trust and communication with the black community – things would be better for both sides. Killing someone is never okay. Therefore the idea that the BLM movement is saying is there is a problem in the black community and they would like to address and fix. That is NOT wrong for them to say.

          Maybe you need to read more or engage more on groups before you move forward with stereotypes that BLM is racist and just wants to save black lives. That is not the case and you spreading that lie is disingenuous.

    • kitschybc

      Walking through a white neighborhood with a bag of skittles when you’re black makes you a thug? Do you honestly believe the garbage that comes out of your mouth, or…?

      • mzungu

        “…The only eyewitness to the end of the confrontation stated that Martin was on top of Zimmerman and punching him, while Zimmerman was yelling for help.”

  • Anton Karls

    the biggest issue the black community needs to solve it figure-out how to prevent blacks from killing each other and lying to suggest that they fear white people.

    BLM is a hate group and likely a terrorist organization and this fool at facebook shouldn’t be promoting or protecting them.

    • Cyberdemon

      Sadly a lot of those people lost their senses.

  • chickenbone1

    D-bag millennium. Go figure. Facebook doesn’t matter…focus on shareholders and lay off the social BS. Your not that important.

    • Mondo Mutiny

      *You’re

      • chickenbone1

        I am ok with that because you’re correct!

  • RG Sales

    Zucky go back to your cul-da-sac surrounded by your security team.

  • Eddie Poe

    What’s Facebook?

  • mogden

    If you simply believe in color blindness, you’re basically a bigot these days. Absurd!

    • alansanmateo

      but it’s not “color blind” to cross out Black Lives Matter and write All Lives Matter. Do you understand that?

      • mogden

        I reject that premise.

        • alansanmateo

          of course you would. You’ve already established that you don’t understand the issue. I do applaud your color-blindness, however. That is better than lots of people!! Do you honestly believe that a white teenager walking down the street in St. Louis is treated the same way a black teen is? You may be color-blind, but police officers often are not. You need to separate YOUR color blindness from the race-based policies that many PDs have.

          I am not sure why any people take the side of bad cops. Criticizing BAD cops is not the same as criticizing ALL cops.

          • mogden

            Launching a political movement on the basis of race is racist. It’s as simple as that.

          • Madjim

            By saying that – you are claiming that the whole civil rights movement was racist! Are you kidding me??? Politics involve race because race is obviously still an issue in this country. BLM movement is meant to bring light to an issue not to say that other lives matters less. Why do you need to twist this – this is a black community concern. And regardless if you agree or not – the BLM movement have a right to ask those questions about getting justice for people of color in our country. If you think our laws and system is 100% color blind then you don’t know American History. Read about laws involving native Americans and the Chinese exclusion Act by US Congress.

          • alansanmateo

            cops targeting blacks is also racist, no? Why the hell would there be a “movement” focusing on cops’ actions against ALL people when it’s been established that some cops take different approaches to policing a black youth than a white youth? The fundamental problem relates to RACE. It’s not a cops versus ALL people issue.

            Some people just don’t get it. It really makes you wonder if these folks are racists or just willfully ignorant. I’m not sure which is worse…..

          • kitschybc

            Okay, I’ll be sure to let history professors know that everything to do with the civil rights movement was racist.

            I’m assuming you also believe that the woman’s suffrage movement was sexist.

          • Tinker

            You need to get off your high horse.

            What makes a good officer and what makes a bad one?

            Many good officers are labeled bad because they make one mistake. My question for you is….have you ever made a mistake?

            Have you ever had to make a life or death decision in a split second?

            What is seen on videos are totally different than what a person goes through in the few seconds or minutes you have to react, videos give a false sense of having time to perceive and react to a situation.

          • kitschybc

            shooting a kid 16 times in the back for not listening is not a mistake.

          • alansanmateo

            HE WOULDN’T LISTEN!!

            (sarcasm)

          • alansanmateo

            I’m on a high horse and you are in the gutter…I’ll take the high horse.

            I do agree that cops have an impossibly hard job. But that doesn’t mean that cops who do bad things shouldn’t be punished. I also agree that it’s often the policy/procedure that is “bad,” not the individual cop. There’s plenty of precedent for that, where the department adopts bad policies that cops carry out.

          • Tinker

            And criminals that do bad things shouldn’t be punished either.

            People need to understand that even if you are a violent criminal or not, listening and follow the commands of officers will result in things going much easier for you.

          • Madjim

            Why are you talking off topic – FIRST i am not against cops. I have cops in my family and support the local law enforcement and the tough and difficult job they face. FOOL – BLM is talking about a larger topic. The fact that we have bigotry and that we all live together in this country and we should all care about what happens to each other. This not about you verus us. Why do you feel the need to do this?????

  • alansanmateo

    I find it so sad that people have such hostility to the Black Lives Matter movement. I am no fan of Zuckerberg, but he is right on this. And the folks below are just wrong. I won’t call them “racists<" because I suspect most of them are simply uninformed. I wonder if any one of them would have been willing to trade places with any of the black men who were shot (or otherwise killed) by police. I somehow doubt it. Yet they think the BLM movement is somehow invalid. By the way, I support police 100%. I know their job is nearly impossible. But bad police practices need to be punished and eliminated. We ALL deserve that. I have no desire for my local police to violate the civil rights of people. I end up paying for those successful lawsuits. Cops need better training. I don't think any of us would argue with that.

    • Tinker

      Many of the people that are shot by police are shot because they don’t follow the instructions of the officers.

      Almost all police shootings can be avoid by doing what the officers tell you to do. If you don’t like what they tell you to do, do it anyways and then file a complaint.

      Officers’ jobs are hard because people make it hard on them by not following instructions.

      • alansanmateo

        Really, THAT’s why officers’ jobs are hard? LOL. Yeah, you’re an expert on policing. Oh, if only that was the biggest problem cops had.

        What a tidy little world you think we live in.

        Cops have an INCREDIBLY hard job. People not following directions is not exactly their biggest problem. People BEING VIOLENT CRIMINALS is a bit more of an issue, don’t ya think?

        • Tinker

          Brings me back to my point, violent criminals don’t follow the instructions of offers. The difficulty of the officers jobs are compounded because of people not following their instructions, it isn’t just violent criminals.

          Maybe you should read my other posts.

          And as a matter of fact, I am an ex-criminal investigator. You have no idea how hard it is on officers when anybody doesn’t follow instructions, and as I said before, it isn’t just violent offenders.

          All these idiots think that just because a person isn’t armed, they don’t pose a threat, that my friend is bull, an unarmed person can pose just as much a threat as an armed person.

          • alansanmateo

            sorry that we are misunderstanding each other. I didn’t mean that violent criminals weren’t following cops’ directions. I meant that criminals who are violent are more of an issue for cops than some guy selling cigarettes in the subway who doesn’t follow the cops’ directions. Sorry if I wasn’t clear (though I think you simply misunderstood my very clear post).

            I agree 100% that it’s hard for cops when someone doesn’t follow directions. But I submit that that isn’t the biggest problem for cops.

          • Tinker

            Misunderstanding, yes.

            Trust me, it’s highly stressful when people don’t follow directions, and it leads to a lot of anger.

            Many people do it just to anger officers, like the lady that got pulled over in Texas for running a stop sign and improper lane change.

            If she would have listened and followed the officers’ directions, she would have probably only gotten a warning and wouldn’t have been taken to jail.

          • alansanmateo

            I agree with you that that happens a lot. I’ve actually witnessed it a few times in my life, so just imagine how often it happens.

            Problem is, a lot of those people are actually mentally ill. They may be highly functioning, but they are mentally ill. And very few cops or non- cops deal well with folks who are mentally ill.

            Cops’ jobs are crazy, at least many of them. I empathize greatly with them and support them. I grew up with good kids who became good cops and I grew up with meatheads who also became good cops. No bad kids ever became cops, at all. So I know most cops are good people at their core. But we also need to improve practices in many areas, where cops do the wrong thing. And sYstemic racism needs to be rooted out, wherever it is. (It’s not everywhere)

          • Tinker

            Mental illness is use way to often, Many times it isn’t mental illness, it’s just pure lack of morals and principles. If a person is truly mentally ill then they are normally placed under special care and someone is responsible for them. Officers are not their care givers and shouldn’t be held accountable for protecting themselves and other from someone that’s mentally ill.

            Racism exist almost everywhere, but you normally only hear about someone pulling the race card when a White person does something against a Black person, but the sad fact is, there is just as much racism against Whites by Blacks, you just don’t hear about it because 1. It doesn’t enrage the masses in the news and 2. People don’t take it seriously.

            Look at Al Sharpton for instance, you never hear from him standing up for the rights of others unless they are black, and he isn’t the only person or organization that does this. If you want to stand up for human rights, then you must stand up for the rights of everyone, not just one race.

  • Speakerofthe House

    I invite people who don’t believe in BLM to watch the many videos on FB where unarmed people are shot by police. You may not believe your lying eyes, but I believe mine.

    • Tinker

      If you look at the news, most of the violent crimes (robberies, rapes, and other such crimes) I see are in fact committed by black against other races. However most of the shootings you hear about are basically because an individual that is wanted for a crime refuses to follow the orders of the officers involved.

      If people would get off the high horses and get their heads out of their butts and follow the officers’ directions, there would be far less shootings.

      • kitschybc

        And yet how many white mass shooters have been taken in alive in recent months/weeks? Even ones who have killed cops? Funny, that.

        • Tinker

          How many have listened and how many haven’t?

          Basically, there’s your numbers.

  • xvicex

    Stop pandering to racists, Mark.

    • WalterBannon

      he is a racist

  • Ya Got To Be Kidding

    All Lives Matter, Yuckyberg.

  • mzungu

    How many black FB employees could there be, seriously? LOL

    • alansanmateo

      you think Zuck’s message is only relevant to FB employees?

      • mzungu

        trying to point out the hypocrisy of Zuck and FB, when FB only have like 1~2% black employees.. 😀

  • Tinker

    I find the phrase “Black Lives Matter” to be racist and disrespectful of other races.

    • kitschybc

      I find your stupidity and lack of empathy disrespectful to the human race.

      • Tinker

        Do you even know what empathy is?

        If you do, then you would understand what I’m saying.

  • hannahkatz

    Might as well start referring to the group as OBLM because to them, Only Black Lives Matter. Racists all…

    • kitschybc

      When cops start shooting white boys dead for holding a watergun in a walmart, then you can say something about this. until then, kindly stfu.

  • ellafino

    Why did they need to cross out something. They could have just added their line to the wall. That is what Zuckerberg is saying is not acceptable.

    • Tinker

      I agree.

      But I still see the phrase “Black Lives Matter” as a racist remark that shouldn’t be up there to start with.

      How would people feel if someone wrote White Lives Matter?

      • alansanmateo

        it all depends on the context. If cops had adopted practices that treated whites worse than other folks, then I think most people would get it.

        But, since that isn’t the case, it would be stupid.

        Do you think it would be wrong in certain countries to form group called “Christian Lives Matter” when Christians are being murdered in those countries? I don’t, and I’m not a Christian.

        • Tinker

          I’m a Christian, I do understand and I would be against the slogan Christian Lives Matter also because it would still be placing one group over another.

          Equality is about be equal, no more, no less.

          • alansanmateo

            I’m guessing you’d feel differently if you were Ina country where Christians are a minirity, are discriminated against, and were being murdered by the police. You might want to consider that.

            I understand your
            perspective, but I don’t think you are trying hard enough to understand the perspective of black people in many many communities.

      • lavacore

        indian lives matter

  • Jeremiah Lewis

    If you care about black lives move Facebook to I.e.. Detroit. Send your child to a majority black school. Problem is all the wealth is insulated in white communities, including major corporations. Just like the old days when the slave crop owning democrats kept tight control of the weath in the Southeast. President Grant tried to resend that and give black power in the South but the wealth tried to bankrupt the economy. Simlar to the banks not allowing refinances during 2008 and just outright stealing homes from the poor. If you care about black lives, corprations stop manufacturing overseas. Empower the poor communities, give hope through employment. Not visas to foreigners to work at your company. Black lives matter because it’s trending. Put some muscle behind those words and thoughts. Tired of words. Anyone can say anything. Rich lives matter. Common folk give a real damn. The US Goverment needs to get out of the race classification bussiness. It’s been the Goverment legislative and judicial branches classifying races. Suckberg should take a look at why the Goverment really is so interested in classifying race and making sure poor women have access to abortion, but that’s not trending, that’s not cool.

  • lavacore

    all lives matter!

  • lavacore

    violent criminals’ lives does not matter (especially if you attack police)

  • lavacore

    when south Chicago black bros shoot each other, no black bro believes “black lives matter”

 
 
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