Color Of Change For Immediate Release: December 18, 2018 Media Contact: Michelle Morris, firstname.lastname@example.org, 646.200.5307 | Kwame Belle, email@example.com, 646.517.6796 We’re pleased Facebook met their commitment to Color Of Change and published an update before the end of the year. We thank Laura Murphy for her work and know she can be even more […]
Color Of Change
For Immediate Release: Wednesday, January 30, 2019
NEW YORK — Today, as Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) announced its Q4 earnings, the company failed to adequately address demands from Color Of Change and other civil rights organizations, and continued to deliver paper-thin promises over action.
Color Of Change Senior Campaign Brandi Collins-Dexter:
“Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg and Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg are trying to shift gears and move on, but failed to mention civil rights even once. Color Of Change has not yet seen the changes necessary for Facebook to take a victory lap.
The failure to address the critical issue of civil rights–even while promising forward motion on privacy, safety, content moderation and transparency– is a dismissal of Facebook’s Black users and users from marginalized communities.
What Mark and Sheryl offered on the call is insufficient. Color Of Change and our partners–as well as the rest of the public–have already identified the many challenges the platform faces, especially for our communities. What is needed is a timeline, benchmarks and accountability mechanisms that can earn the trust of the public and show the company is committed to civil rights, racial justice and building toward a safe and fair platform that its scale requires.
We’re not surprised. After promising a progress report on the civil rights audit last year, Facebook instead gave the public the same lip-service we heard on this call: long on excuses and short on meaningful progress. Our message remains the same: do better.”
Color Of Change continues to demand the following in the ongoing civil rights audit to address Facebook’s systemic and operational failures :
- A C-Suite level Chief User Advocate charged with representing users’ needs who will work in close consultation with civil rights organizations;
- A public review of practices and mechanisms put in place by Facebook to address civil rights violations and increase public transparency;
- A public report with recommendations and a timeline for implementation shared upon conclusion of the review;
- The creation of a public-facing board committee or task force that is provided with the resources and commitment by leadership at the highest levels necessary to ensure full implementation of the report’s recommendations.
- Facebook must release all documents produced by Definers Public Affairs and any other consultant firms used in the campaign to undermine the credibility of Color Of Change and other civil rights organizations.”
New York, NY—Color Of Change and Muslim Advocates, launched a joint campaign today demanding that Facebook conduct a full, independent audit and investigation of its civil rights policies and anti-civil rights activities being hosted on its platform. Facebook’s continued lack of transparency around when and how they and law enforcement access our data highlights the company’s failure […]
Color Of Change For Immediate Release: November 30, 2018 Media Contact: Kwame Belle, firstname.lastname@example.org | Michelle Morris, email@example.com Color Of Change Secures Key Concessions At Meeting with Sheryl Sandberg, Though Company Refuses to Turn Over Details of Definers Attacks on the Organization PALO ALTO – After years of delay in implementing changes that address […]