Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg urged to help protect civil rights
Dozens of rights groups say Facebook has "reckless disregard for civil rights."
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Over the years, the group alleges that Facebook has engaged in discriminatory advertising; has allowed content containing white nationalism and supremacy to be posted on its platform; and has aided voter and census suppression when it failed to "safeguard its platform against Russian interference" during elections.
The letter asks Facebook to create a civil rights office, as well as an independent civil rights ombudsman. It also demands a more diverse board and staff and says the social media platform should bar employees from associating with hate groups and white nationalist groups.
The letter was signed by multiple organizations, including the National LGBTQ Task Force, The Human Rights Campaign, Muslim Public Affairs Council, Feminist Majority, Color Of Change, American Federation of Teachers, Bend the Arc: Jewish Action, Asian Americans Advancing Justice and Ranking Digital Rights.