In 2020, Facebook (now Meta) commissioned the law firm Foley Hoag to conduct a Human Rights Impact Assessment (HRIA) to evaluate its role in spreading hate speech and incitement to violence on its services in India. A year and a half later, the HRIA has not yet been released.
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APC is alarmed by reports of Facebook India’s failure to apply its community standards to perpetrators of hate speech on its platform.
APC is alarmed by reports of Facebook India’s failure to apply its community standards to the perpetrators of hate speech on its platform, and calls for immediate and concrete steps to eradicate hate from the platform and move towards securing the rights and safety of all users.
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APC joined over a hundred civil society organisations, including over 20 members, in supporting an open letter to Facebook encouraging the company "in no uncertain terms, to continue increasing the end-to-end security across Facebook’s messaging services."
Civil society organizations write to encourage Facebook, in no uncertain terms, to continue increasing the end-to-end security across its messaging services. Given the remarkable reach of Facebook’s messaging services, ensuring default end-to-end security will provide a substantial boon to worldwide communications freedom, to public safety, and to democratic values.