Facebook lacks ‘human rights frame,’ says civil rights group

A spokeswoman for the civil rights group Color of Change said on Monday that Facebook lacks a human rights frame, resulting in discriminatory practices. 

“Facebook was created based on this premise of human engagement, but it was built without a human rights frame,” Brandi Collins, senior campaign director at Color of Change, told Hill.TV’s Buck Sexton and Jamal Simmons on “Rising.”

“What we’ve seen as it’s grown over 2.2 billion people, is that it’s shaping political discourse, it’s having impacts from a psychological and a sociological standpoint on all of these different communities around the world, but it’s without a human rights frame,” she continued. 

Collins’ comments come after Facebook agreed to release an internal progress report on a civil rights audit before the end of the year. 

The announcement came after Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg met with Color of Change, which has been critical of the tech giant in the past. 

“What we’ve seen are sorts of shenanigans on their platform, which are replicating models of discrimination that are outlawed in our country, and in other countries, but can’t be regulated,” she said. 

“You see things like predatory marketing practices around things like housing and finance that are targeted at low-income communities and families of color. You see things like voter suppression tactics,” she said. 

A Facebook spokesperson told Hill.TV that the social media company is committed to working with Color of Change on the issue of diversity. 

“Last week, Sheryl Sandberg and members of our team met with the leadership of Color of Change. We had an important exchange of ideas. We take their concerns and recommendations seriously and are committed to continuing an active dialogue and showing progress on our shared goals,” a Facebook spokesperson told Hill.TV. 

— Julia Manchester

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