The movement for humane technology must also address the spread of violent extremism, white nationalism, white supremacy and racism inherent in algorithms and ad filtering. The Color of Change is working on these issues and is launching a campaign to press FB shareholders to press for change. Click here for more details on the campaign.
Here is an excerpt:
"Time and time again, we’ve seen this concentration of power have harmful consequences for Black users and workers. For example:
- In 2015, it took Color Of Change and multiple civil rights groups to get Facebook to partially address hate, threats, and doxxing - the posting of private identifying information for the purpose of harassment - of Black activists.
- In 2016, Facebook deactivated the livestream of Korryn Gaines — a distraught woman who was filming the police as they confronted her in her apartment. When Facebook cut the livestream, police shot her to death in front of her son.
- In March of this year, the live video of the white supremacist massacre at Christchurch mosques in New Zealand spread across Facebook.
- News reports from this April confirmed that the Facebook-owned messenger, WhatsApp, is enabling the spread of Nazi imagery in Germany — a country where Nazi imagery is outlawed.
- In 2016, journalists found that Facebook was excluding Black and Hispanic users from seeing housing and employment advertisements. It took until 2019 and numerous lawsuits, for Facebook to finally take steps to address the unlawful exclusion of Black people from housing, credit and employment advertisements on the platform.
- Despite the recent appointment of the company’s first Black woman board member — who recently worked at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, raising concerns that she is not independent — Black employees continue to report an anti-Black workplace culture, one in which “there is often more diversity in [slide show] presentations than the teams who present them.”2