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Why it matters: The report comes as Facebook confronts a growing advertiser boycott and criticism for prioritizing freedom of speech over limiting misinformation and protecting users targeted by hate speech.

"What we get is recommendations that they end up not implementing", said Rashad Robinson, the executive director of Color for Change, one of several civil rights nonprofits leading an organized boycott of Facebook advertising.

Murphy said in the interview that the company is facing an "important moment" in which urgent action is needed and it "remains to be seen" if the company is willing to act quickly enough.

The Free Beacon added that though VK has brought steps to cull hate groups from its site, "organizations like the National Socialist Movement and the Ku Klux Klan still maintain an active presence on the website".

Throughout the first half of the year, Facebook seemed increasingly poised to ally itself with the definition of "free speech" favoured by right-wingers. We won't be distracted by Facebook's spin today or any day'.

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"We meet in the context of what may be the largest social movement in USA history, and our nation's best and latest chance to act against the racism that has pervaded our country since before our independence", Sandberg wrote ahead of the meeting with Stop Hate For Profit organizers.

"The Free Beacon report has cited the Anti-Defamation League since July past year when it said that the Russian social media service has become "& # 39; an worldwide hub for white supremacists & # 39; who have been kicked out of America's top social media websites like Facebook.

'We know we will be judged by our actions not by our words and are grateful to these groups and many others for their continued engagement'. Among them: Keeping up posts by President Trump that "clearly violated" the company's policies on hate and violent speech and voter suppression; exempting politicians from third-party fact-checking; and being "far too reluctant to adopt strong rules to limit [voting] misinformation and voter suppression".

Sandberg contended there are no quick fixes for issues detailed in the report, calling the audit the beginning of a journey. As a company, we have agreed to an independent civil rights audit which will be released today.

Media reports quoted the activists as saying that the virtual meeting, held on the Zoom video conference platform, was a huge disappointment. It also found "troubling" Facebook's decision to allow Trump's comment "when the looting starts, the shooting starts" to stay up without any content warning, when other platforms like Twitter flagged it.

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But, the auditors say, numerous changes were offset by Facebook's decision, beginning with a speech from Mark Zuckerberg last September, to "elevate a selective view of free expression as Facebook's most cherished value".

Sandberg responded that advertiser pressure did not affect the company's decisions.

While the reportcommended the company for taking some steps over the two-year period to put in place more stringent controls on its content, it alsostated that auditors were "deeply concerned that the last two years were not used to put a more robust civil rights infrastructure in place at Facebook". "We hope that they finally understand that society wants them to put more of those resources into doing the hard work of transforming the potential of the largest communication platform in human history into a force for good". In October, Zuckerberg gave a speech at Georgetown University extolling the platform's fight to uphold free speech, which won praise from conservatives but scorn from civil rights advocates.

Facebook announced last month it would attach a link to an election information hub to all posts that include information about voting.

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