Facebook civil rights audit finds 'serious setbacks'

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Facebook has made decisions in the last year that signal a "significant setback for civil rights," according to an independent audit of the platform released Wednesday.

In the 89-page report, the final of three commissioned in 2018, Facebook was commended for making some progress since the beginning of the review, but auditors said the company has still not moved fast enough or devoted enough resources to deal with civil rights issues.

"In our view, Facebook has made notable progress in some areas, but it has not yet devoted enough resources or moved with sufficient speed to tackle the multitude of civil rights challenges that are before it," the auditors wrote.

The report outlined “painful decisions over the last nine months with real world consequences," including leaving up a post from President Trump with the phrase "when the looting shoots, the shooting starts," in response to protests in Minneapolis over the police killing of George Floyd.