‘It’s very upsetting to see how bad that video was taken and broadcast across the country’ – Facebook tells staff not to watch it
Only one day before the violent protest broke out on the Capitol’s west lawn, and only hours after Facebook removed a photo of lawmakers’ heads superimposed on lynch mobs, tech journalists were still Facebook’s biggest fans.
Washington State Rep. Reuven Carlyle, a Democrat who represents the Capitol’s East Front, posted a photo of himself and several fellow members of Congress in front of a giant pentagram with the words, “The Swamp: The Decay Is Systemic.”
The picture was widely shared, but still received more than 5,000 “likes” and 2,000 shares.
Carlyle’s own Facebook page was also growing quickly. As of 3pm on Friday, he had more than 33,000 “likes” and 3,000 “fans.” His page was also visited more than 230,000 times last month, according to Page Buddy.
“Almost everyone watching me in the photo gets it wrong (though I personally get a lot of ‘oohhs’ and ‘awws’). Very #white” Carlyle wrote after deleting the photo. “But I do think a lot of people inside and outside government, including the media, are way out of touch with what’s going on with our government right now, and there’s a cause for concern.”
Facebook employees working at its headquarters in Menlo Park, California, reportedly watched the photo and deemed it unprofessional.