Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was back before Congress on Wednesday. Last year, as seen here, he testified before a combined Senate Judiciary and Commerce committee. | Alex Wong/Getty Images
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer sent Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg a letter Wednesday calling on him to enforce the social media network’s community standards and “do the right thing.”
Whitmer writes that the “violent and hateful speech” on Facebook puts individual safety and election security at risk.
“We use Facebook to share special moments & funny memes with friends. But Facebook’s refusal to enforce the basic standards that they set themselves has allowed for disinformation, hatred, and violent rhetoric to run rampant,” Whiter wrote in a Twitter thread Wednesday afternoon.
“Users have been allowed to call for certain Michigan congressional leaders to be “be hung and raped,” needing of “a bullet between her eyes,” or instead, just “set…on fire.” This is disgusting. This is immoral. This is unacceptable.”
THREAD: On Wednesday, I sent a letter to Mark Zuckerberg, calling on him to enforce @Facebook’s own community standards in order to protect the safety of individuals and the security of our elections.
— Governor Gretchen Whitmer (@GovWhitmer) January 17, 2020
The letter comes just days after the Detroit Metro Times reported on an anti-Whitmer group on Facebook, with posts about graphic violence against Democrats, anti-Muslim rhetoric and degrading comments about women.
The Advance followed up on this story Wednesday morning with additional comments from Sen. Peter Lucido (R-Shelby Twp.), who was a member of the Facebook group, which has since been taken down.
“Michiganders are hardworking, passionate folks who deserve better than the most commonly used social media platform betraying the public’s trust and allowing for such vitriolic behavior to manifest and grow until it enters actual reality,” Whitmer tweeted.
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