Facebook has fired an employee, Brandon Dail for criticizing its Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Founder Mark Zuckerberg over posts made by US President Donald Trump.
Dail, a user interface engineer in Seattle, wrote on Twitter that he was dismissed for publicly scolding a colleague who had refused to include a statement of support for the Black Lives Matter movement on developer documents he was publishing.
Dail sent the tweet a day after joining dozens of employees, including six other engineers on his team in abandoning their desks and tweeting objections to Zuckerberg’s handling of Trump’s posts in a rare protest at the social media company.
“Intentionally not making a statement is already political,” Dail wrote in the tweet, sent on June 2. He said on Friday that he stood by what he wrote.
Facebook confirmed Dail’s characterisation of his dismissal, but declined to provide additional information. The company said during the walkout that participating employees would not face retaliation.
Dail did not respond to a request for comment.
Trump’s posts which prompted the staff outcry included the racially charged phrase “when the looting starts, the shooting starts” in reference to demonstrations against racism and police brutality held after the May 25 killing of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody in Minneapolis.