Facebook has had to rethink its platform several times especially more recently as civil rights concern over privacy, fake news, and discrimination have grown.
Facebook has been a neglectful instrument in these issues and NAACP is holding them accountable.
The NAACP has returned a donation from Facebook, temporarily logged off the platform, and is asking others to do the same today for a week-long protest starting today (December 18) called #LogOutFacebook. The NAACP states this is due to “the tech company’s history of data hacks which unfairly target its users of color.”
This log off protest also includes Instagram and WhatsApp, since Facebook has owned Instagram since 2012 and WhatsApp since 2014.
Facebook promptly published an update to its ongoing civil rights audit same day as the protest, mentioning issues from voter suppression to fairness in artificial intelligence tools.
The individual leading the audit is Laura Murphy, who previously worked for the ACLU.
The NAACP and others joining in the protest don’t believe that Facebook has done enough, and are pushing for changes that have been requested for some time.
Murphy states in the report that there is “no question that Facebook faces a number of serious civil rights challenges” and that “as we bring much of our daily lives online through Facebook and other services , we should bring our civil rights with us.”