Day: June 12, 2020

Facebook employee who protested inaction on Trump posts says he was fired

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A Facebook Inc (FB.O) employee who criticized Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg’s decision not to take action against inflammatory posts by U.S. President Donald Trump this month said on Friday that the social media company had fired him.

FILE PHOTO: A Facebook logo is displayed on a smartphone in this illustration taken January 6, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration

Brandon Dail, whose social media profiles describe him as a user interface engineer in Seattle, wrote on Twitter that he was dismissed for publicly challenging a colleague’s silence on the controversy, which prompted a rare staff protest at Facebook on June 1.

Dozens of employees, including Dail and six other engineers on his team, abandoned their desks and tweeted objections to Zuckerberg’s handling of Trump’s posts.

Dail said the tweet that prompted his firing, which he sent the day after that walkout, scolded a fellow engineer for declining

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Facebook fires employee who protested its inaction on Trump tweets

FILE PHOTO: A Facebook logo is displayed on a smartphone in this illustration taken January 6, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A Facebook Inc employee who criticized Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg’s decision not to take action against inflammatory posts by U.S. President Donald Trump this month said on Friday that the social media company had fired him.

Brandon Dail, whose social media profiles describe him as a user interface engineer in Seattle, wrote on Twitter that he was dismissed for publicly challenging a colleague’s silence on the controversy that prompted a rare staff protest at Facebook.

Dozens of employees, including Dail, abandoned their desks and tweeted objections to Zuckerberg’s handling of Trump’s posts. Trump’s posts included the racially charged phrase “when the looting starts, the shooting starts” in reference to protests against racism and police brutality held after the May 25 killing of George Floyd, a black man

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Zoom hits political turbulence in Washington, Beijing; lobbyists ready

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Zoom Video Communications, whose remote meeting app made the obscure California company a hub for global communications during the coronavirus pandemic, now finds itself fighting political battles in Washington and Beijing.

FILE PHOTO: A 3D printed Zoom logo is placed between small toy people figures and a keyboard in this illustration taken April 12, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration

Even before Zoom ran into criticism from U.S. lawmakers about its relations with China this week, it had prepared itself for political problems. The California-based company recently brought on board several lobbyists, including a former Trump campaign official, and added a former White House official to its board.

This month, Zoom suspended accounts of three U.S. and Hong Kong activists at Beijing’s request after they tried to commemorate the anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown. Then on Thursday, three U.S. lawmakers asked Zoom to clarify its data-collection practices and

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California examines Amazon’s business practices: WSJ

FILE PHOTO: The logo of Amazon is seen in Lauwin-Planque, northern France, April 22, 2020. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

(Reuters) – California investigators are examining Amazon.com Inc’s business practices as part of an inquiry into the company, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday, citing people familiar with the matter.

The state’s review focuses at least in part on how Amazon treats sellers in its online marketplace, and its practices for selling its own products in competition with third-party sellers, the report added.

Amazon declined to comment on the report. It, however, said its in-house products account for about 1% of its total annual retail sales.

The e-commerce giant is already being investigated by the European Commission for its dual role as a marketplace for merchants and as a rival since July last year, triggered by complaints from traders about Amazon’s practices.

Amazon may also face EU antitrust charges in the coming

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