Mark Zuckerberg has given a stern warning to ‘malicious’ employees

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has lashed employees of ‘racist’ actions. Picture: Kay Nietfeld/DPA via AP

FACEBOOK’S headquarters in Menlo Park, California, is undeniably a pretty cool environment to work.

The huge open space in the common area is filled with blackboard and whiteboard walls which employees are encouraged to write on.

But it’s not all fun and games. Company founder Mark Zuckerberg has issued an angry directive to employees this week chastising them for rubbing out a certain political slogan that had been scrawled on the walls.

On a number of occasions workers at Facebook have written “black lives matter” on the walls only for it to be crossed out and replaced with “all lives matter” by another employee.

“Despite my clear communication at Q&A last week that this was unacceptable … this has happened again,” Zuckerberg wrote, according to a copy of the post obtained by Gizmodo.

“I was already very disappointed by this disrespectful behaviour before, but after my communication I now consider this malicious as well.”

The Facebook CEO threw his support behind the black lives matter movement and said crossing out the text amounted to “silencing speech”.

“We’ve never had rules around what people can write on our walls,” Zuckerberg wrote. “We expect everybody to treat each other with respect.”

The company has tried to address the issue of racial diversity after it was revealed only two per cent of the Facebook staff are black.

Zuckerberg said the company is investigating the incidents and described it as “a deeply hurtful and tiresome experience for the black community and really the entire Facebook community.”