'Weaponized' Facebook fails to protect civil rights, audit says
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A two-year audit of Facebook's civil rights record found "serious setbacks" that have marred the social network's progress on matters such as hate speech, misinformation and bias.
Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. Facebook Inc (FB.O) has not done enough to protect users from discrimination, falsehoods and incitement to violence, an external civil rights audit found on Wednesday, adding to pressure on the company in the midst of an advertiser boycott. The audit report, which Facebook commissioned two years ago, pointed to what the authors described as a series of harmful decisions, including a "terrible precedent" not to intervene in posts in recent weeks by President Donald Trump, which could allow the platform to be "weaponized to suppress voting". The findings come at a time when some 900 advertisers, including major brands such as Coca-Cola, have joined a boycott promoted by major U.S. civil rights groups including the Anti-Defamation League and the NAACP. "Many in the civil rights community have become disheartened, frustrated and angry after years of engagement where they implored the company to do more to…