Facebook will review its policies on both those fronts, Zuckerberg said, specifically accounting for "instances of excessive use of police or state force" and "civil unrest", as well as "the realities of voting in the midst of a pandemic".
On Tuesday, Facebook held an emergency town hall meeting after receiving severe pushback for its decision to leave up a May 28th post from the president in which he glorifies violence and threatens protestors by saying "When the looting starts, the shooting starts".
Earlier this year, the Trump administration proposed to streamline the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), a bedrock environmental regulation that creates time consuming environmental reviews and public feedback requirements for major infrastructure projects. "Given the sensitive history in the US, this deserves special consideration", he wrote.
Zuckerberg ended his memo by assuring his staffers that he stands with the Black community.
In an Instagram video posted Friday, Adam Mosseri, head of the Facebook-owned platform, also pledged that the company would look into policies to ensure vulnerable communities are being properly protected. The situation has even resulted in some high-profile resignations.
The list also includes re-examining voter suppression rules, options for responding to rule-breaking content beyond just leaving it up or taking it down, ways to add more transparency on controversial content moderation decisions, and possible structural changes at Facebook around decision-making.
"I wouldn't call these cases of censorship or violation of first amendment because you have to have actual government action", said Gutterman. "Our current policy is that if content is actually inciting violence, then the right mitigation is to take that content down - not let people continue seeing it behind a flag. I think this policy is principled and reasonable, but I also respect a lot of the people who think there may be better alternatives, so I want to make sure we hear all those ideas". He said the company is reviewing internal structures as a means to make sure all groups are represented in Facebook's decision-making process.
"We are disappointed and stunned by Mark's incomprehensible explanations for allowing the Trump posts to remain up", said a statement from three leaders: Vanita Gupta of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, Sherrilyn Ifill of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and Rashad Robinson of Color of Change.
Important context here's that Facebook's workforce comprises less than 10 percent black and Hispanic employees.