Bloomberg Law
Jan. 12, 2021, 7:24 PMUpdated: Jan. 12, 2021, 10:20 PM

Facebook Civil Rights Chief Inherits Political Speech Battle (1)

Ayanna Alexander
Ayanna Alexander

Facebook‘s newest civil rights executive will have to convince civil rights and technology groups he can meaningfully shift policies at a company they say hasn’t substantively addressed racist and violent language on its platform.

The addition of Roy L. Austin Jr., a former Obama civil rights official, as Facebook’s vice president of civil rights comes after the company and Twitter both permanently banned President Donald Trump for his inflammatory language leading up to the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol. The new civil rights addition follows advocate pressure to address a recent audit that found the company ...

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