5. Facebook auditors pan civil rights record
A civil rights audit commissioned by Facebook, to be released today, found that the platform repeatedly failed to address hatred, bigotry and manipulation, according to excerpts obtained by the N.Y. Times editorial board (subscription).
- "Unfortunately, in our view Facebook’s approach to civil rights remains too reactive and piecemeal," write the auditors, from the law firm Relman Colfax.
- "The Auditors do not believe that Facebook is sufficiently attuned to the depth of concern on the issue of polarization and the way that the algorithms used by Facebook inadvertently fuel extreme and polarizing content."
Why it matters, from Axios' Sara Fischer: The report is likely to exacerbate tensions with civil rights leaders who, after a tense virtual meeting yesterday, blasted Facebook for "failing to meet the moment."
- Our thought bubble: It's unlikely that the boycotts have a material impact on Facebook's bottom line. But they'll continue to put pressure on it — and other social media giants — to moderate their content more heavily.
- That could have a long-term impact on what social media looks like.
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