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Mark Zuckerberg has given Fb staff the entire Thanksgiving week off

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The founder and CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, speaks to attendees during the Viva technology show at Parc des Expositions Porte de Versailles on May 24, 2018 in Paris, France.

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According to an internal message he sent on Wednesday evening, Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg gives all US employees the entire Thanksgiving week off. The move is intended to reward employees for their work on "unprecedented challenges," and could help boost morale after the company's moderation policies came under fire from some employees.

The note states that all employees around the world have three extra days off – either Monday, November 23rd through Wednesday. November 25 or other days for specific teams or geographic regions.

"The idea here is to give as many people a break as possible. I hope you can disconnect and take the time to rest and recharge before the final push of the year," wrote Zuckerberg.

Facebook has had an unusually turbulent time internally. All employees have worked remotely since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, and the company rolled out a wide range of policies regarding misinformation and holding office in a politically charged summer and in the run-up to next Tuesday's U.S. elections.

In May and June, staff were upset after Facebook decided not to remove a post from President Trump about widespread protests against the police killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man. Facebook later restricted how and where employees could express political views on internal message boards.

More recently, the company has introduced a number of new election-related policies, but has sometimes struggled to enforce them consistently or explain such enforcement to outsiders. Earlier this week, for example, the company allowed the Trump campaign to run an ad saying he won the election, which was in direct contradiction to Facebook's rules, and then justified the decision by stating that the exact wording of the Advertisement – "President Trump" is STILL your President "- would be true until January, even if Trump loses.

Earlier Wednesday, Zuckerberg testified before the Senate Trade Committee to defend Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which protects online platforms like Facebook from liability for material their users post and allows them to view content without fear moderate legal retaliation.

Facebook reports its third quarter results on Thursday.

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