Facebook Listens: New Policy Protects Against Census Interference

Contact: Shin Inouye, [email protected], 202.869.0398

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on Facebook’s new policy protecting the 2020 Census from interference.

“We commend Facebook for leading the industry with the most comprehensive policy to date to combat census interference efforts on its platform. The Leadership Conference and other civil rights groups have long raised serious concerns about this issue, and it appears that Facebook has finally listened.

“Notably, Facebook will hold all users, including politicians, accountable for adhering to this policy, an important step toward ensuring fair and full participation in the 2020 Census. The Leadership Conference wants the company to develop similar robust prohibitions against voter interference on its platform.

“Any good policy is meaningless without proper enforcement. We, along with our partners, will continue to work with Facebook to ensure that policies against census and voter interference are fully implemented. The census and our elections demand extreme vigilance – there are no do-overs.”

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 220 national organizations to promote and protect the rights of all persons in the United States. The Leadership Conference works toward an America as good as its ideals. For more information on The Leadership Conference and its member organizations, visit www.civilrights.org.