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Technology Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg urged to help protect civil rights

04:30  22 october  2019
04:30  22 october  2019 Source:   cnet.com

Mark Zuckerberg to meet with lawmakers in Washington

Mark Zuckerberg to meet with lawmakers in Washington The trip marks Zuckerberg's first visit to Capitol Hill since his highly publicized testimony at congressional hearings last year.

Mark Elliot Zuckerberg (/ˈzʌkərbɜːrɡ/; born May 14, 1984) is an American technology entrepreneur and philanthropist. Zuckerberg is known for co-founding and leading Facebook as its chairman and chief

On Tuesday, Mark Zuckerberg was in the hot seat. Cameras surrounded him. The energy in the room – and on Twitter – was electric. We shouldn’t be begging for Facebook ’s endorsement of laws, or for Mark Zuckerberg ’s promises of self-regulation.

A letter from dozens of civil and human rights organizations has been sent to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, urging him to ensure the social media platform helps protect such rights. The letter, sent by the coalition called the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, was published online Monday and accuses Facebook of "reckless disregard for civil rights."

Dozens of rights groups say Facebook has © Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. Dozens of rights groups say Facebook has "reckless disregard for civil rights." Angela Lang/CNET Dozens of rights groups say Facebook has © CNET

Dozens of rights groups say Facebook has "reckless disregard for civil rights."

"Our trust in the company is sorely broken," the letter says.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg heads to Washington

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg heads to Washington SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will be in Washington Thursday to meet with lawmakers and talk about internet regulation. The company said the meetings are not public and it did not give details on whom Zuckerberg is meeting with and what, exactly, he'll discuss. Facebook is under growing pressure from lawmakers and regulators concerned about how it protects users' privacy and about its potentially anticompetitive behavior. In July, the Federal Trade Commission fined the company a record $5 billion for privacy violations.

On Thursday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg outlined nine steps that Facebook would take to As part of Zuckerberg 's announced changes, Facebook will start disclosing which pages paid for We already work with electoral commissions in many countries to help people register to vote and learn

WASHINGTON - Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights , issued the following statement on Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg ’s remarks at Georgetown University today.

Pointing to Zuckerberg's recent meetings with conservatives, the letter says they are "deeply disappointed that you have not extended the same courtesy to the civil rights leaders."

Mark Zuckerberg holding a sign posing for the camera© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc.
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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.

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Over the past month, Facebook has come under criticism for allowing politicians to run false or misleading ads. Now, employees are speaking out. More than 250 Facebook employees wrote a letter addressed to CEO Mark Zuckerberg and top Facebook officials calling Facebook's political ad policies "a threat to what FB stands for." In the letter, obtained by The New York Times, the employees argue that allowing misinformation to run could increase distrust in Facebook and undermine Facebook's integrity.

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