Facebook is a sponsor of Trump's GOP convention
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Facebook is a sponsor of Trump's GOP convention

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The Republican National Convention will take place this July in Cleveland, where Donald Trump is expected to become the party's official nominee for president. Among all the happenings will be a lounge that is sponsored by Facebook.

Only a month ago at F8 Mark Zuckerberg made a veiled criticism of Trump: "I hear fearful voices calling for building walls and distancing people they label as others," Zuckerberg said. 

Facebook, however, will still be a sponsor of the convention and many have called that a "tacit endorsement." In response the company has said "Facebook will support both the Republican and Democratic conventions in a similar manner and without endorsing any one candidate, issue, or political party." 

Money speaks louder than words and the money is still going to flow. Critics can't help but conclude that Facebook wants a working relationship with the leaders of both parties regardless of principle. They say this is a lazy endorsement at best.

Should Facebook back out of sponsoring either or both of the conventions?

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Facebook has said it isn't an endorsement, but it's also clearly not a rejection.
As The Hill points out, Facebook isn't alone in sponsoring the GOP convention. Twitter, Google and Microsoft are also sponsors, although there have been reports that Google and Microsoft may change their tune.
From the CREDO Action Network in their efforts to convince Google to back out as sponsors: "Google’s planned sponsorship of the Republican convention will help legitimize and normalize Trump’s platform of hate. It’s appalling that access to political power is more important to Google than standing up for its stated values, but it’s not too late for Google to reverse course."
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