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30 Jun 2019

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Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook

Facebook releases update on civil rights audit & announces civil rights taskforce

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"A Second Update on Our Civil Rights Audit" 30 Jun 2019

Civil rights are the foundation of a free and just society — and something we care deeply about as a company. We want to make sure we’re advancing civil rights on our platform, and today we’re sharing a second report... [which] highlights four areas where we’ve made changes... 1) Strengthening Our Policies and Enforcement Against Harmful Content;... 2) Fighting Discrimination in Facebook Ads;... 3) Protecting the 2020 Census and Elections Against Intimidation;... 4) Formalizing Facebook’s Civil Rights Task Force... We’re building a team dedicated to these census efforts and introducing a new policy... that protects against misinformation related to the census... [W]e’re announcing plans to build greater awareness about civil rights on Facebook and long-term accountability across the company... The task force will onboard civil rights expertise to ensure it is effective in addressing areas like content policy, fairness in artificial intelligence, privacy, and elections... We’re also introducing civil rights training for all senior leaders on the task force and key employees who work in the early stages of developing relevant products and policies.

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