‘Malicious’ Facebook staff warned not to strike out ‘black lives matter’ slogans from HQ walls

Mark Zuckerberg has instructed his staff to cease striking out ‘Black Lives Matter’ slogans from the walls of Facebook’s Menlo Park HQ after staff took to defacing the slogan by overwriting ‘all lives matter’.

According to an internal memo picked up by Gizmodo described the actions of the unidentified employees as ‘malicious’ after an earlier verbal warning to all staff at a company meeting was ignored.

Zuckerberg wrote: “Despite my clear communication at Q&A last week that this was unacceptable, and messages from several other leaders from across this company, this has happened again.

"I was already very disappointed by this disrespectful behaviour before, but after my communication I now consider this malicious as well. There are specific issues affecting the black community in the United States, coming from a history of oppression and racism. ‘Black lives matter’ doesn’t mean other lives don’t — it’s simply asking that the black community also achieves the justice they deserve."

Facebook has faced criticism for being overwhelmingly male and predominantly white with 55 per cent of staff classed as Caucasian whilst just two per cent of staff are black.

Zuckerberg has pledged to investigate the present spate of incidents.

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