Ultimatum for Facebook: supervisory board members must demand real power or resign


(Reuters) A new non-profit organization is asking Facebook’s supervisory board members to step forward or resign. In an open letter, Accountable Tech urged the five members of the US-based Facebook supervisory board to “demand that the Board receive real authority,” or else “resign from office.” “Each of you was selected to serve on this board because of your open commitment to freedom of expression, human rights, and democratic values,” the letter’s authors wrote. “Now is the time to uphold those principles. We humbly ask you to refuse to be an accessory to this Facebook farce, to demand radical and immediate changes, or to leave. “Accountable Tech is a project founded by Tax March director Nicole Gill and Jesse Lehrich, who He served as a foreign policy spokesperson for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential bid. Lehrich worked on the Clinton campaign to counter information attacks by Russian hackers. “Facebook specializes in window dressing,” Gill told TechCrunch. “They have been promoting the Oversight Board for years as this great solution, but the platform’s problems are more urgent than ever and the Board has no power.” View of the logo of the social network Facebook. EFE / Julien De Rosa / Archive A handful of other groups also signed the open letter, including the Center for American Progress Action Fund, Free Press and Sierra Club. The letter cited the findings of Facebook’s recent civil rights audit where they questioned the board’s real power and also pointed to the oversight agency’s delayed schedule. Because its task is to make decisions about what type of content should be removed from Facebook and Instagram, in theory, the board could have played a positive role in ridding those platforms of misinformation related to the US election, an imminent threat in November. around the corner. Leaving the board aside, Facebook is making some efforts to at least spread information that is useful to voters, a defensive stance with which the company feels more comfortable compared to that which signals it to break the rules. . Last week, the company released information labels that link to vetted electoral information in all publications related to voting for elected federal officials, a feature that will soon expand to all voting publications in the U.S. in early January. In June, Accountable Tech launched a Facebook ad campaign targeting company employees on its own platform. The ads, urging Facebook workers to hold the company to account, came a day after some employees went on virtual strike to protest a post in which the President threatened to shoot people protesting the Police murder of George Floyd. “Entering an unprecedented election season, in the midst of a global pandemic, a turning point for racial justice and a crisis of truth, we cannot accept Facebook’s toxic status quo, and much minus a toothless Oversight Board that gives it a false air of legitimacy, ”Accountable Tech concluded. MORE ABOUT THIS ISSUE: The gross misconception of Iranian spies that revealed how they hack emails in the US Gmail hacks that may be helpful to you: schedule emails, free up space and share heavy filesA new artificial intelligence model can design and write texts like a human