New York (CNN Business)Facebook ( fired an employee who publicly criticized a coworker on Twitter for not adding a statement of support for Black Lives Matter to documentation on an open-source project they were working on. )
Brandon Dail, a user interface engineer in Seattle, Washington, announced on Friday in a tweet that he was let go for calling out an employee’s inaction on Twitter.
“In the interest of transparency, I was let go for calling out an employee’s inaction here on Twitter. I stand by what I said. They didn’t give me a chance to quit,” he tweeted on June 2.
Dail started working with Facebook in January 2018 and had been at the company for nearly 2½ years, per his LinkedIn account.
Facebook did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
The former Facebook employee stated on Twitter that he asked a coworker, a front-end engineer who supervises Recoil, an open-source project by Facebook, to “add a #BlackLivesMatter banner” as React, another Facebook open-source project, is said to have done. He then called out the coworker for messaging him privately on the matter, rather than responding publicly — leading to his termination from Facebook.
Dail did not immediately respond to requests for comment. However, a Facebook spokesperson confirmed Dail’s version of events that he was fired for calling out a fellow employee in a tweet.
This incident follows a number of incidents in which employees at Facebook have publicly spoken out against CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s inaction regarding controversial remarks posted by President Donald Trump.
One of Trump’s posts contained the racially charged phrase “when the looting starts, the shooting starts”, in reference to demonstrations taking place in Minneapolis, following George Floyd’s killing on May 25. Although, Trump later confirmed knowing the history of the phrase, he opted to keep the original remarks up on both Twitter and Facebook.
Twitter affixed a warning label, or what it calls a “public interest notice,” on the tweet, stating that the account had violated its rule against glorifying violence. Facebook, however, has left the post on its platform as is.
In a company-wide town hall on June 2, Zuckerberg attempted to explain his positioning on why Facebook wouldn’t take action on Trump’s post, citing free speech. Zuckerberg’s stance has led to public outcry, with some employees even resigning from the company as a result.
CNN’s Donie O’Sullivan contributed to this reporting.