"We call upon Facebook to remove Thiel from its board of directors. A person committed to silencing journalism he doesn't like should not sit on the board of a company that serves as the portal to digital news for tens of millions of people," Gawker's union, the Writers Guild of America East, wrote in its petition.
The new rules require social media companies to remove posts or disable accounts, when necessary, that reference violence or hatred targeting individuals or groups based on race, color, ethnicity, religion, or nationality.
"If Facebook presents its Trending Topics section as the result of a neutral, objective algorithm, but it is in fact subjective and filtered to support or suppress particular political viewpoints, Facebook's assertion that it maintains a 'platform for people and perspectives from across the political spectrum' misleads the public."
"Regardless of the content or location, crossing out something means silencing speech, or that one person's speech is more important than another's. Facebook should be a service and a community where everyone is treated with respect."