Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan say they are “deeply shaken and disgusted” by the “conflicting and inflammatory rhetoric” of President Donald Trump on Facebook. It’s fromfunded by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative or Chan Zuckerberg Biohub which call for greater efforts to end misinformation and inflammatory Facebook messages.
In the response letter, which was posted to Twitter on Thursday by Teddy Schleifer of Recode, the couple stressed that Facebook’s actions do not dictate CZI’s decisions, but noted that relations between the companies could create tension.
“Although CZI and Facebook are completely separate and independent organizations with different missions and teams, we share the same co-leader,” wrote Chan and Zuckerberg. “Right now, we understand that CZI’s relationship with Facebook is not an easy tension to overcome.”
The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is a philanthropic organization named after Zuckberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, and the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub is a not-for-profit medical research institute. Affiliate researchers often work for prestigious academic institutions such as Stanford University, University of California, Yale and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard.
In a letter released earlier this month, a group of 143 scientists said Facebook had let Trump “spread both false information and inflammatory statements on Facebook” and that he had not followed his own policies against incitement to violence by publishing an article by Trump which said in part, “when the looting begins, the shooting begins.”
CZI did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Facebook has been criticized, including, about his policies and practices amid widespread anti-racist protests in the United States. Zuckerberg expressed support for the Black Lives Matter protests and movement, but also to controversial Trump articles.
Facebook hasgroups working on racial justice.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.