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A coalition of greater than 70 civil rights teams has urged Fb to be clearer concerning the content material it removes.

In a letter to Mark Zuckerberg, the group accused the social community of “disproportionate censorship of Fb customers of color”.

The coalition desires the location to specify which rule a deleted submit has damaged, and supply an attraction course of.

Fb has beforehand responded to a letter submitted by the group, however has not but replied to the newest one.

The social community generally removes content material that has been reported or flagged by members, whether it is judged to have damaged the web site’s tips.

However the coalition argued that the moderation was “racially biased”.

“Activists within the Motion for Black Lives have routinely reported the takedown of photographs discussing racism and through protests, with the justification that it violates Fb’s neighborhood requirements,” the coalition wrote.

“On the similar time, harassment and threats directed at activists primarily based on their race, faith, and sexual orientation is prospering on Fb.

“Your latest response signifies you might be adequately addressing the issue. We disagree.”

The social community has confronted quite a lot of complaints over perceived censorship of content material similar to political views, nudity and historical photographs.

The coalition behind the letter consists of organisations such because the American Civil Liberties Union, Colour of Change, and the Middle for Media Justice.

It stated it needed Fb to:

  • present a course of that allowed members to attraction when a submit was eliminated by a Fb moderator
  • give members a particular clarification of which guidelines or tips had been damaged when a submit was eliminated
  • practice moderators to raised perceive and keep away from discrimination
  • publish a public report concerning the variety of posts eliminated by Fb, and what number of them had been classed as hate speech

In a press release, Fb stated: “We have now acquired the letter and are reviewing it.”