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18 Dec 2018

Author:
Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook

Commentary: Update about Facebook civil rights audit

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"An update about our civil rights audit," 18 Dec 2018

Facebook is committed to working with leading US civil rights organizations to strengthen and advance civil rights on our service... . We know that we need to do more: to listen, look deeper and take action to respect fundamental rights... We updated our policy to expressly ban misrepresentations about how to vote, such as claims that you can vote using an online app, and statements about whether a vote will be counted. Other misinformation related to voting – including false claims of polling place closures, long lines, and wait times – is proactively sent to third-party fact-checkers for review. The revised policy also prohibits threats of violence related to voting or voter registration. As a direct response to feedback from civil rights advocates, we are focusing on voter suppression as a distinct civil rights challenge and will continue this work to be better prepared for future elections... Two independent reports commissioned by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released Monday on the Russian Internet Research Agency’s use of technology around the 2016 election suggest that the IRA’s efforts had a disproportionate impact on communities of color.  We take this incredibly seriously... You can find a copy of the update here.

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