Facebook should create a “circuit breaker” to help prevent dangerous disinformation and incitements to violence from ever reaching a mass audience. By the time millions of people have shared false information, it’s already too late.
SUBMIT A PUBLIC COMMENT TO THE FACEBOOK OVERSIGHT BOARD
Donald Trump is no longer on Facebook, which has been a welcome respite for everyone who wants posts that incite hate and violence and spread dangerous disinformation off their social media feeds.
But now the tech giant has announced that it’s passing the decision about whether to keep Trump off of Facebook permanently to the brand-new Facebook Oversight Board.
Let’s make sure the Oversight Board keeps Donald Trump off Facebook. Our democracy and civil society depend on it.
The Facebook oversight board is accepting public comments until Friday, February 12 about whether or not Facebook should continue to ban Donald Trump from its platform. Please submit a comment ASAP. Click here for language you can copy and paste, but it’s preferable to submit a unique comment.
Condemn the naming of San Francisco General Hospital after Mark Zuckerberg--We Won!
On Tuesday, December 15, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted 10 - 1 in support of a resolution condemning the naming of San Francisco General Hospital after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Our coalition took the lead in getting the resolution passed, in partnership with SEIU Local 1021.
Washington Post: San Francisco board rebukes naming hospital for Facebook CEO
Since Election Day, Donald Trump and his enablers have been swamping Facebook with lies and conspiracy theories
about his defeat in the election. On Saturday, Nov. 21, we protested outside of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's house in San Francisco to say that he and Facebook are not doing enough to slow the onslaught, from which
he personally profits. We say, no
more excuses! Undermining faith
in voting and elections puts our entire society at risk. The protest was covered by the San Francisco Examiner, KCBS radio, Mission Local, and KPFA.
Photo by Don Feria, AP, 2020.
Nov. 4th Action: Facebook Must Protect the Results
Facebook will play a key role in enabling--or preventing--disinformation
about the election results from disrupting our democracy. That’s why the
Protest Facebook coalition has organized a November 4th Protect the Results protest outside
of Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park to insist that Facebook stop
misinformation from candidates, campaigns, and others who declare victory on Facebook
before the final election results are in.
Protecting the 2020 Elections in the Age of Facebook
The Protest Facebook Coalition presented a special webcast about protecting election integrity, voting rights, and democracy in the age of Facebook. It featured:
- Ángel Díaz is counsel in the Liberty & National Security Program of the Brennan Center for Justice.
- Yaël Eisenstat is the former Global Head of Elections Integrity Operations for political advertising at Facebook.
- Myaisha Hayes is the campaigns director at MediaJustice, where she oversees the launch of campaigns such as #NoDigitalPrisons and #ProtectBlackDissent.
- Jesse Littlewood is the vice president of campaigns at Common Cause.
Sponsored by Global Exchange, Media Alliance, the Protest Facebook Coalition and others.
Tell the SF Supervisors: Take Zuckerberg’s name off San Francisco General HospitalGreat news! On July 21, San Francisco Supervisor Gordon Mar introduced a resolution condemning the naming of San Francisco General Hospital after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Supervisor Matt Haney co-sponsored the resolution. The resolution will be voted on at a Government Audit and Oversight Committee meeting before it goes to the full board of supervisors sometime in September 2020. Please urge the San Francisco supervisors to vote YES on the resolution. Click here for supervisor contact information and a sample email you can copy and paste.
We brought our messages to Facebook's front door!
We drove home our messages of protest at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, Mark Zuckerberg’s houses in San Francisco and Palo Alto, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s house in Menlo Park, and the businesses of Facebook board members Peter Thiel and Marc Andreessen.
Please share the mobile billboard photos and video on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. With less than 100 days to go before the US elections, we need to make sure Facebook doesn’t ZUCK UP our democracy!
A growing chorus of organizations is calling on corporations to stop advertising on Facebook until the company changes its ways. Please join us in urging these corporations to use the power of the purse to insist that Facebook protect the public from lies, hate, and disinformation on its platform.
This toolkit tells you how to easily reach out to Facebook advertisers. It includes:
- Sample tweets
- Sample Facebook posts
- Sample email
- Contact information for top Facebook advertisers
Your outreach can make a difference! You’ll be joining with the thousands of people who are working to @detox_Facebook by contacting companies through Twitter as well as supporting the new Stop Hate for Profit campaign being led by organizations like Free Press, Color of Change, and Sleeping Giants. Working together, we can generate enough financial pressure to make Facebook rethink its inadequate response to viral disinformation and hatred on its platform.
Whether it’s racist rhetoric by Donald Trump, disinformation about the coronavirus, or lies in ads by political campaigns, Facebook and its CEO Mark Zuckerberg have failed to act. Watch this June 10, 2020 webcast to find out what you can do to stop the lies and hate on Facebook. It features:
Jeffrey Chester, Executive Director, Center for Digital Democracy
Fadi Quran, Campaigns Director, Avaaz
Carmen Scurato, Senior Policy Counsel, Free Press
Wake the ZUCK Up Projection Protest
Pro-democracy activists had a message for Facebook shareholders: “Wake the ZUCK Up!” We projected this message and others onto the side of the Facebook building in San Francisco on May 26, 2020, the night before the shareholders’ virtual meeting. We urged the shareholders to protect the public from lies, hate, and disinformation in political advertisements during the 2020 election season.
Sponsored by Don't Let Facebook ZUCK UP our Democracy, Media Alliance, Global Exchange, Indivisible SF-Peninsula CA 14, Raging Grannies Action League, Vigil for Democracy, and others. Projection by ResistanceSF.
An International Women's Day Appeal to Sheryl Sandberg
Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer, has asked women around the world to “lean in” and do the things they’ve been afraid to do. Now women in her community are asking Sandberg to lean in herself—to get her company to change its dangerous policy of letting politicians blatantly lie in their Facebook ads.
Although Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg takes most of the heat when it comes to Facebook’s enabling the spread of lies, hate, and disinformation, Sandberg is just as responsible for policies that are endangering our very democracy.
On International Women's Day, Sunday, March 8, we tweeted photos of ourselves holding up signs with messages to Sandberg using the hashtag #LeanInAgainstLies. Political ads that lie about topics from women's reproductive rights to climate change to other political candidates, and that try to suppress voter turnout and responses to the census are a risk to women’s lives.
February 17th @ Mark Zuckerberg's house
This Presidents Day, we gathered outside Mark Zuckerberg's house in San Francisco to let him know that we won't be quiet in the face of his company undermining our democracy. We also created a human billboard over the freeway in Palo Alto, which is where Mark Zuckerberg also has a house.
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