Democratic sens. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi Harris Census workers prepare to knock on door in pandemic Democrats awash in money in Senate battle Tammy Duckworth responds to Tucker Carlson: “Walk a mile on my legs” MORE (California) and Michael BennetMichael Farrand Bennet: House Democrats Set the Course to ‘Solve the Climate Crisis’ by 2050 ‘The Senate Could Certainly Use a Shepherd’: Georgia Democrat Seeks to Take Advantage of ‘Moral Moment’ Some Realistic Solutions to Income Inequality PLUS (Colo.) He sent a letter to Mark ZuckerbergMark Elliot ZuckerbergHillicon Valley: Increasing pressure on Facebook to curb hate speech | UK and Australia launch joint investigation into facial recognition firm | Amazon removes Redskins merchandise from site Pressure mounts on Facebook to curb hate speech Facebook civil rights audit encounters ‘serious setbacks’ MORE On Friday, he expressed concern over a separate Facebook civil rights audit released this week.
Lawmakers called the independent review of company policies “disturbing.” The audit criticized Facebook for failing to develop a mechanism to protect civil rights and for a non-intervention approach when it comes to freedom of expression, even in cases of violent posting.
“We share the auditors’ concern that Facebook has been unable to use the tools and resources at its disposal to more vigorously combat voter repression and protect civil rights,” the senators wrote.
“Although none of these problems lend itself to easy solutions, we do not accept that they exceed Facebook’s considerable power to tackle – especially when the audit has made clear where progress is possible in several areas. “
Lawmakers also criticized Facebook’s readiness for the upcoming general election, saying the platform lacks “resolution to face voter crackdown and learn the lessons of the 2016 election.”
The letter lists a series of questions about following up on the recommendations in the audit, requesting answers by August 15.
The Hill contacted Facebook to comment on the letter.