Here's where civil right advocates say Facebook is still falling short
A string of investigations into the documents disclosed by Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen have reignited concerns about the company's track record protecting users of color, curbing hate speech and defending civil rights across its platforms.
On Nov. 21, The Washington Post's Elizabeth Dwoskin, Nitasha Tiku and Craig Timberg reported that the tech giant failed to disclose research showing its algorithms disproportionately harmed minorities to the auditors it tapped in 2018 to study its platforms. The revelation comes amidst a slew of scrutiny from the Facebook Papers investigations and raises questions about how effectively Facebook develops and enforces policies to safeguard vulnerable users.
We asked three civil rights advocates - Laura Murphy, who led Facebook's civil rights audit; Color of Change President Rashad Robinson, a prominent Facebook critic; and Common Sense Media CEO Jim Steyer, another high-profile critic who has close ties to the Biden White House - what they have learned from the Facebook Papers, and where they think Facebook and its parent company Meta are still falling short. Here's what we heard:..