Zuckerberg expressed concern to Trump over rhetoric amid protests: Axios

Facebook CEO Mark ZuckerbergMark Elliot ZuckerbergHillicon Valley: Trump signs order targeting social media legal protections | House requests conference with Senate after FISA vote canceled | Minneapolis systems temporarily brought down by hackers Twitter adds fact-checking labels to hundreds of tweets despite Trump attacks MORE spoke recently with President TrumpDonald John TrumpDonald Trump and Joe Biden create different narratives for the election The hollowing out of the CDC Poll: Biden widens lead over Trump to 10 points MORE to express concern over the president's response to protests against the death of George Floyd, Axios reported Sunday.

Zuckerberg reportedly "expressed concerns about the tone and the rhetoric," used by the president on a phone call with Trump Friday, the news outlet reported, while one source familiar with the call told Axios that Zuckerberg argued that Trump was putting the company in a difficult position with the tone of his remarks.

At issue was a tweet and corresponding Facebook post sent earlier in the day by Trump quoting a former Miami police chief while referring to violent protests in Minneapolis and other cities, writing on Twitter: "When the looting starts, the shooting starts."

"Just spoke to Governor Tim WalzTimothy (Tim) James WalzOmar says some protestors 'felt terrorized by the presence of tanks,' National Guard Trump says National Guard should have been used in Minneapolis two days ago: 'No games' Military units placed on four-hour recall status to assist Minnesota authorities with protests MORE and told him that the Military is with him all the way. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts. Thank you!" Trump tweeted.

Zuckerberg's conversation with Trump comes as his platform as well as Twitter have been under fire from activists and some Democratic lawmakers for allowing some of the president's messages that have been found to contain false or misleading information to remain up. The companies have argued that they allow public debate on controversial issues, even if statements are found to contain false information.

The president was criticized by numerous Democrats including the party's 2016 nominee, Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump campaign launches Asian Pacific Americans coalition Van Jones: A 'white, liberal Hillary Clinton supporter' can pose a greater threat to black Americans than the KKK Taylor Swift slams Trump tweet: 'You have the nerve to feign moral superiority before threatening violence?' MORE, who said Trump was directly calling for violence against American citizens.

The White House and Facebook representatives did not immediately return a request for comment from The Hill on Axios's report.

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