Facebook Inc hasn't done enough to fight discrimination on its platform, and some of its decisions have been setbacks to civil rights, according to an independent review commissioned by the company, the New York Times reported.
The results of the auditors are likely to put pressure on the company, which is already boycotted by around 900 advertisers, including major brands like Coca-Cola, when it comes to promoting hate speech.
"Many members of the civil rights community have been discouraged, frustrated, and upset after years of involvement in pleading with the company to do more to promote equality and fight discrimination while ensuring freedom of expression," the Times accountant wrote said it had received a pre-release report on the results.
Facebook instructed Laura Murphy, a former director of the American Civil Liberties Union's legislative office, to review her civil rights policy in 2018. She responded to a number of criticisms on issues such as data protection, suppression of voters and incitement to violence and a lack of transparency in political advertising.
A Facebook spokesman said the review was "a thorough analysis of how we can strengthen and promote civil rights at all levels of our company – but it's the beginning of the journey, not the end."
"It is becoming increasingly clear that we still have a long way to go. As difficult as it was to uncover our shortcomings from experts, it was undoubtedly a really important process for our company."
The auditors said Facebook was too willing to exempt politicians from following its rules to spread misinformation, harmful and divisive rhetoric, and even calls for violence.
Facebook has chosen a hands-off approach to political speech compared to rivals, and in particular has not touched a contribution by President Donald Trump in May, which his rival Twitter described as inciting violence.
The organizers of the advertising boycott, including the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and NAACP, met for more than an hour on Tuesday via video conference with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg. After the meeting, activists said they saw "no commitment to act" from the company.
(Reporting by Supantha Mukherjee in Bengaluru; editing by Peter Graff)
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