Facebook Isn’t Being Honest: Time for a Civil Rights Audit

Facebook isn’t being honest with us. Whether it’s shady deals with corporations like Cambridge Analytica, the censorship of Black activists' voices, ICE using its data to round up undocumented community members, or allowing anti Black and Islamophobic hate speech to fester on their platform—Facebook has consistently prioritized profit over the safety and privacy of millions of Americans.

Facebook's failures have continued to put our communities at risk. We can’t count on them to be truthful about the issues their platform is having or to take concrete steps to fix the issues. That’s why we’re joining Muslim Advocates and Color of Change to demand Facebook conduct an independent civil rights and safety audit and publicly disclose the results. This is the first step to rebuilding trust and taking concrete steps to build a safer platform.

Enough is enough. While recent leaks and news reports have revealed some of the problems, Facebook has evaded requests for full transparency and disclosure. Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg have promised time and time again to make their platform hospitable to historically marginalized communities with nothing to show for it.

Join us in demanding a full and independent audit of Facebook platforms.

Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg,

Facebook hosts more than 2 billion users, aspiring to create community, and connect friends and causes. These aspirations sit in stark contrast to the experiences of communities of color, muslims, and undocumented people who are censored, harassed without repercussion, and surveilled by law enforcement on your platform.

While recent leaks and news reports have revealed some of the ways in which Facebook has violated the rights of millions of Americans, Facebook has continued to evade requests from civil rights and racial justice groups for full transparency and disclosure regarding their practices.

We demand that you as Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer initiate an independent civil rights and safety audit and publicly disclose the results. This is the first step to rebuilding trust and taking concrete steps to build a safer platform.

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