Facebook fired an employee protesting his inaction over Trump's tweet

A Facebook Inc. employee who criticized Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg's decision not to take action against US President Donald Trump's inflammatory post earlier this month said he was fired.

Brandon Doll, who describes himself as a user interface engineer in Seattle, wrote on Twitter that his colleague was fired for publicly challenging the silence, which led to Facebook employee protests.

Dozens of employees, including Dale, have left their desks and objected to Zuckerberg maintaining Trump's positions. The Trump post included the phrase "when the robbery started, the stars were shot," referring to protests against racism and police vandalism, a black man who died in police custody in Minneapolis on May 25 after the murder of George Floyd.

Twitter posted the warning label for the same post, claiming that it glorifies violence. Facebook left this post untouched.

Zuckerberg defended his decision in a tense meeting with staff that week. At the meeting, Dell tweeted, "Today it is clear that the leadership has refused to stand with us."

This week, both Facebook and Twitter have again raised objections to the Trump Post's refusal to act on Martin Guigno, a 75-year-old patron for police in Buffalo, New York.

"Trump's attack on Martin Gugino is a disgusting and reckless violation of Facebook's anti-bullying rules. It is very disappointing that we (and Twitter) have not dismissed it," he said.

Facebook and Doll did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

(Reporting by Katie Paul; Editing by Will Dunham)

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