Facebook confronts civil rights complaints it put off for years

Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive officer and founder of Facebook Inc., in October 2019. Foto: Bloomberg/Al Drago

For years, Facebook Inc. brushed off complaints from civil rights groups that it didn't do enough to combat racism, discrimination and voter suppression flourishing on its site. Now, pressure from a boycott by major advertisers is forcing the social media giant to address their concerns.

Facebook Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg has agreed to meet on Tuesday with leaders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the Anti-Defamation League and Color of Change to discuss their requests. Facebook is increasingly playing defense against a growing group of civil rights organizations, employees and companies demanding that the technology giant do more to fight injustice on its platform...

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