Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has warned employees against crossing out the phrase “Black Lives Matter” on the walls of the company’s California, headquarters.
The Black Lives Matter movement aims to shed light on the racial profiling, police brutality, and racial inequality experienced by the African-American community across America.
However, there have been several instances of the phrase being crossed out and replaced with “all lives matter” on the company’s walls. Facebook, whose staff is 2% black, is investigating the racially charged incidents.
In an internal memo, sent to staffs, Zuckerberg called the actions by some employees of “crossing out ‘Black Lives Matter’ and writing ‘all lives matter'” on a Facebook (physical) wall disappointing.
“Despite my clear communication at Q&A last week that this was unacceptable, and messages from several other leaders from across the country, this has happened again,” Zuckerberg said.
“I was already very disappointed by this disrespectful behavior before, but after my communication I now consider this malicious as well.”
The CEO pointed out in the memo that the statement “Black Lives Matter” does not suggest that other lives do not matter, but that “the black community also achieves the justice they deserve.”
Facebook does not have rules guiding what people write on the wall, but expects respectful decorum.
Facebook will hold a town hall meeting on March 4 for staff to educate themselves on the Black Lives Matter movement, which has focused attention on the killing of blacks by police.