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Wed Jul 8, 2020, 07:26 PM

Facebook's Decisions Were 'Setbacks for Civil Rights,' Audit Finds

Source: New York Times

Facebook’s Decisions Were ‘Setbacks for Civil Rights,’ Audit Finds

An independent audit faulted the social network for allowing hate speech and disinformation to thrive — potentially posing a threat to the November elections.

By Mike Isaac
July 8, 2020
Updated 5:31 p.m. ET

SAN FRANCISCO — Auditors handpicked by Facebook to examine its policies said that the company had not done enough to protect people on the platform from discriminatory posts and ads and that its decisions to leave up President Trump’s inflammatory posts were “significant setbacks for civil rights.”

The 89-page audit put Facebook in an awkward position as the presidential campaign heats up. The report gave fuel to the company’s detractors, who said the site had allowed hate speech and misinformation to flourish. The audit also placed the social network in the spotlight for an issue it had worked hard to avoid since the 2016 election: That it may once again be negatively influencing American voters.

Now Facebook has to decide whether its approach to hateful speech and noxious content — which was to leave it alone in the name of free expression — remains tenable. And that decision puts pressure on Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, who has repeatedly said that his company was not an arbiter of truth and that it would not police politicians’ posts.

“Many in the civil rights community have become disheartened, frustrated and angry after years of engagement where they implored the company to do more to advance equality and fight discrimination, while also safeguarding free expression,” wrote the auditors, Laura W. Murphy and Megan Cacace, who are civil rights experts and lawyers.

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In the audit, Facebook was repeatedly faulted for prioritizing free expression on its platform over nondiscrimination, and for not having a robust infrastructure to handle civil rights. The report homed in on three posts by Mr. Trump in May, which the audit said contained hateful and violent speech or which harmed voters. Facebook left those posts untouched, over objections by the auditors, the report said.

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Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/08/technology/facebook-civil-rights-audit.html

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 07:31 PM

1. Anyone here still defending f..kbook?? How does this make you feel..seriously..think about it

BOYCOTT FB!!!!

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 07:35 PM

2. But Facebook is so convenient and I don't click on the ads. They don't make money from me!

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Response to Dream Girl (Reply #2)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 07:41 PM

4. OMG those people

the naivete is just unbelievable

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Wed Jul 8, 2020, 07:41 PM

3. oh just fucking SAY IT

PROMOTING FASCISM is what they are

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