Lonely Zuckerberg stuck between furious staff and the wrath of Trump
Advertisers and his own employees are in revolt over the Facebook chief’s treatment of the president’s posts
How lonely is Mark Zuckerberg right now? Though he is doubtless being kept busy by his company’s response to America’s worst period of civil unrest since 1968, the past two weeks have left him divided from peers, allies and business partners.
By choosing to take no action against incendiary posts by the US President Donald Trump – on the grounds that Facebook should always err on the side of free expression and political neutrality – the 36-year-old founder has parted ways with fellow tech moguls such as Twitter’s Jack Dorsey and Snapchat’s Evan Spiegel. But he has also incurred a schism with scientists funded by his charity, Washington DC think-tanks formerly funded by Facebook grants, and Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential candidate who is now actively campaigning against him.
One small firm, Talkspace, said it was sacrificing hundreds of thousands of dollars by pulling out of a contract to provide free therapy for some Facebook users. Employees believe this is the biggest challenge to Zuckerberg’s leadership that he has yet faced...