Facebook and Other Platforms Must Continue to Address Hate Speech and Disinformation

Contact: Charmaine Riley, [email protected], 202.548.7166

WASHINGTON – Wade Henderson, interim president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement after Facebook announced new enforcement protocols and former President Trump’s ban from the platform for two years: 

“The policies announced today by Facebook, particularly on protocols holding public figures and politicians accountable, are steps in the right direction — but only if Facebook follows through and consistently enforces these actions. For years, The Leadership Conference and our allies have urged Facebook and other social media platforms to systematically implement and enforce policies to address hate speech and rampant disinformation on voting, elections, and civil rights. We will continue our work to press platforms to make these changes to help keep our democracy safe.” 

In February, The Leadership Conference wrote to the Facebook Oversight Board urging the board to take the necessary steps to permanently suspend President Trump’s account after he continually posted false and misleading information about voting and the 2020 election process, often using language that incited violence.

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.