. @JGo4Justice: “Instead of committing to a timeline to root out hate and disinformation on Facebook, the company’s leaders delivered the same old talking points to try to placate us without meeting our demands.”
— Free Press (@freepress) July 7, 2020
Color of Change President Rashad Robinson, who was also in the meeting, explained it as a disappointment. “It is abundantly clear that they are not yet ready to address the vitriolic hate on their platform,” he explained.
“Zuckerberg offered the same old defense of white supremacist, antisemitic, islamophobic and other hateful groups on Facebook that the Stop Hate For Profit Coalitions, advertisers and society at large have heard too many times before,” boycott organizers, which also incorporate the NAACP andCommon Sense Media, composed in a statement. “Instead of actually responding to the demands of dozens of the platform’s largest advertisers that have joined the #StopHateForProfit ad boycott during the month of July, Facebook wants us to accept the same old rhetoric, repackaged as a fresh response.”
Met with Mark Zuckerberg and @Facebook leadership now. It was a disappointment. They have had our requirements for many years and yet it’s abundantly clear that they’re not yet ready to address the vitriolic hate in their own platform.
— Rashad Robinson (@rashadrobinson) July 7, 2020
In an announcement, a Facebook spokesperson stated the assembly “was an opportunity for us to hear from the campaign organizers and reaffirm our commitment to combating hate on our platform.”
We have spent billions in technology and people to keep hate off of their stage. We have established new policies to prohibit voter and census hindrance and also have established the greatest unemployment data campaign in American history. We have prohibited over 250 white supremacist organizations and therefore are holding ourselves accountable by generating regular reports regarding our content moderation attempts. We understand we’ll be judged by our actions not by our words and are thankful to those groups and lots of others for their continuing involvement.
Earlier at the daytime, Sandberg stated Facebook had been “making changes,” but did not immediately address the requirements of the boycott organizers. )
“We meet in the context of what may be the largest social movement in US history, and our nation’s best and latest chance to act against the racism that has pervaded our country since before our independence,” she composed in a Facebook post ahead of this assembly. “We are making changes – not for financial reasons or advertiser pressure, but because it is the right thing to do.”
Sandberg also stated Facebook intends on Wednesday to launch the final report by a two-year civil rights audit of their company’s policies. ) Robinson criticized the time of the audit’s release, calling it that a “a transparent effort to change the narrative.”
Facebook and Zuckerberg have de [previously signaled they were unwilling to make concessions. While Zuckerberg announced a few changes — such as a growth of Facebook’s hate speech coverage for ads and labels on certain future articles from politicians — he stopped well aware of their boycott organizers’ ten recommendations. The groups on the other side of the boycott have requested for more rigorous moderation of hate language and extremism privately Facebook classes, and much more support for consumers who confront harassment. They also need the social network to create a high level executive to manage civil rights issues in the company.
Facebook should not only consider civil rights after a month or two if advertisers pull financing. We will understand they have obtained our issues seriously if their audit statement contains the introduction of a maximum degree decision-making position that’s centered on civil rights.
— Rashad Robinson (@rashadrobinson) July 6, 2020
“The only recommendation they even attempted to address is hiring a civil rights position but were unable to commit to the crucial piece of the position being at the C-suite level or what the requirements for the position will be,” Stop Hate for Profit said following the meeting. ) “They offered no attempt to respond to the other nine recommendations.”
In personal, Zuckerberg along with other executives are more rebellious: one of Facebook’s leading business executives, reportedly told advertisers the company doesn’t “make policy changes tied to revenue pressure.” And a week, Zuckerberg told workers he wouldn’t alter Facebook’s rules on what amounts “a small percent of our revenue.”
“We’re not gonna change our policies or approach on anything because of a threat to a small percent of our revenue, or to any percent of our revenue,” he explained. according to The Information. He also called that the advertisers could return to Facebook “soon enough.”
Update 7/7 5:47pm ET: Updated to add Facebook’s announcement on the meeting.