Tell Zuckerberg: Put our communities over your bottom line
Since we launched Change the Terms1 alongside more than 50 civil- and human-rights organizations in October 2018, Facebook has made changes that have the potential to better combat racism and other forms of hate on its platform. Among those changes is a ban on explicit white-nationalist and white-separatist content.2
Yet it took pressure from several leading civil-rights groups before Facebook removed an event page for an armed protest outside a gathering of the Islamic Society of North America event in August. And at the beginning of the year, Facebook allowed President Trump’s Facebook page to run more than 2,000 ads referring to immigration and immigrants of color — particularly people from Central and South America — as an “invasion.”3
These are just two examples of Facebook falling down on the job. The company has allowed countless pieces of hateful content to thrive on its platform even when they violate its Community Standards, Terms of Service and Ad Policies. In fact, according to a new report, Facebook has made millions by promoting content from hate groups — including white-supremacist organizations.4
It’s not enough to pay lip service: Facebook must do much more to ensure that white supremacists can’t use this powerful platform to coordinate online and offline attacks against women, people of color, immigrants, religious minorities, LGBTQIA+ people, and people with disabilities. Facebook can and must do better.
Tell Zuckerberg: Put your money where your mouth is. Enforce your policies in a clear, transparent and equitable way. Stop putting profits over the lives of people of color, immigrants and other marginalized communities.
1. "Change the Terms: Reducing Hate Online": https://www.changetheterms.org/
2. "Facebook Civil Rights Audit Says White Supremacy Policy Is ‘Too Narrow,’” TechCrunch, June 30, 2019, https://techcrunch.com/2019/06/30/facebook-civil-rights-audit-says-white-supremacy-policy-is-too-narrow/
3. “Facebook Let Trump's Campaign Run Over 2,000 Ads Referring to Immigration as an ‘Invasion,’” Media Matters, Aug. 5, 2019: https://www.mediamatters.org/facebook/facebook-let-trumps-campaign-run-over-2000-ads-referring-immigration-invasion
4. “Facebook Is Making Millions by Promoting Hate Groups’ Content,” Sludge, Sept. 25, 2019: https://readsludge.com/2019/09/25/facebook-is-making-millions-by-promoting-hate-groups-content/