Sheryl Sandberg, the company's chief operating officer, apologized to Facebook for hiring a public relations firm to investigate the nonprofit racial equality advocacy group Color of Change.
On Thursday, Sandberg and two other Facebook executives met with three representatives of Color of Change at the social media giant's headquarters in Monroe Park.
This month, the New York Times reported that Facebook hired Republican-led Definers Public Relations to conduct research on its critics and competitors and publish related news reports. The Color of Change organization is one of Facebook's critics. Over the past few years, the organization has repeatedly discussed racial equality with Facebook. Definers has questioned the relationship between the organization and George Soros, a liberal financial magnate. In fact, Definers also tracked Facebook's competitors, Apple and Google.
Color of Change's president, Rashad Robinson (Rashad Robinson), also attended Thursday's meeting. Earlier, he had written to Facebook executives saying that the New York Times report was not difficult to explain why the organization found
Facebook has not commented on this yet.
Dexter said that Facebook made concessions in the meeting: it promised to publish a progress report on civil rights review by the end of this year, because the organization asked Facebook to investigate hate speech, voter suppression and white supremacists' human flesh for black social activists. Search (ie publish information about individuals and their contacts). However, Facebook does not agree to share information about the Color of Change organization and other organizations that Definers collects.
The Color of Change organization also asked Facebook to fire its former Republican public policy director, Joel Kaplan, who worked for President George W. Bush. Because in September this year, Kaplan has publicly supported the High Court Justice candidate Brett Kavanaugh. However, Cavano was later accused of sexual violence and was finally confirmed. After the allegations were confirmed, Kaplan and his wife also organized a party for Cavana. This incident caused a big wave on the Facebook website.
Facebook is not willing to fire Kaplan. “We believe that as long as Kaplan is still there, it is difficult for the social networking company to make a meaningful policy adjustment. ” Dexter said.
This week, former Facebook employees also accused the company of discriminating against black employees and users. Dexter said that the review activities her organization requested included a review of the company's apparently biased approach to training and retaining black employees.
When Facebook exposed one scandal after another, what does Dexter want to say to the users of the social network?
“ Users need to continue to ask a variety of questions. “They said, “They need to think about what information they posted on this social media platform and how it might be used.” In this regard, there must be the involvement of regulatory agencies. People need to continue to talk to US congressmen about their ideas. ”
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that Definers has been asked to "do not spread any untrue information". After the report of the New York Times's black public relations, Facebook has dismissed the partnership with Definers. Elliot Schrage, the former head of Facebook communications who was preparing to leave, took on the responsibility of hiring Definers and assumed responsibility for launching an investigation against Soros after Soros criticized Facebook and other technology companies.