Facebook is aware that a group of its employees participated in a virtual walkout in response to posts by President Donald Trump on the site regarding social unrest following the killing of George Floyd and the company's response to those posts, the company confirmed to HR Dive in an email.
The New York Times reported Monday that "dozens" of Facebook employees refused to work as both a show of support for demonstrators and a protest of the company's decision not to remove the posts. Facebook told HR Dive that it would support the employees and would not require them to use their own paid time off.
"We recognize the pain many of our people are feeling right now, especially our Black community," a Facebook spokesperson said. "We encourage employees to speak openly when they disagree with leadership. As we face additional difficult decisions around content ahead, we'll continue seeking their honest feedback."