Despite remaining under scrutiny for liberal bias, Facebook has used the aftermath of the Dallas shootings to pander to Black Lives Matter, hoisting a giant banner featuring the slogan on their Menlo Park Campus this weekend.
The giant sign spelled out the words “BLACK LIVES MATTER,” with the words formed from the names of black people whose deaths attracted national attention.
The name of Emmett Till, who was lynched in 1955 after he flirted with a white woman appears alongside the name of Michael Brown, who was shot in August 2014 after he robbed a convenience store, physically attacked a police officer and attempted to seize his sidearm. How the two cases can be compared was not made clear by Facebook, but Breitbart readers can of course make their minds up for themselves.
Facebook put up the sign on Friday, a day after black supremacist Micah Xavier Johnson carried out a massacre of police officers in Dallas, Texas during a Black Lives Matter protest in the city, killing five and wounding eight others. Naturally, the names of these police officers did not appear on Facebook’s sign.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is known for being strongly supportive of the Black Lives Matter movement. In February, it was reported that he reprimanded staff at the company for writing “All Lives Matter” on the HQ’s whiteboards.
Facebook has failed to swiftly take down images glorifying violence against the police, despite the fact that the site’s terms of service prohibit content that “promotes graphic violence.” This weekend, a user who reported a cartoon of a police officer having his throat slit by a masked activist was initially informed that the picture did not violate Facebook’s ToS.
Concurrently to accusations of being soft on Black Lives Matter, Facebook has also come under scrutiny for alleged bias against conservatives. Allegations that the company discriminates against topics of interest to conservatives in its “Trending News” feature made national headlines in May. Following the recent Islamic terror attack in Orlando, Facebook also created a firestorm when it suspended the pages of Islam critic Pamela Geller, only reinstating them following pressure from conservative media.
CEO Mark Zuckerberg also used the death of Philando Castile last week to promote Facebook Live, on which the incident was filmed, stating that the images highlighted why “coming together to build a more open and connected world is so important.”