Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told U.S. Senators on Tuesday that posting a “weapons appeal” page during the Kenosha, Wisconsin, protests did not violate the company’s “weapons appeal” policy .
Zuckerberg said: “My understanding is that that position does not necessarily violate the arms policy at the time.”
Farhana Khera, executive director of the Muslim Advocacy Group, said Zuckerberg’s testimony was directly related to Facebook’s telling the civil rights organization how its “call for weapons” policy applied to the Kenosha incident.
She said in a statement: “Facebook’s constantly changing interpretations of why this policy failed and how it works are further proof that the company is not serious about formulating policies that can actually protect our security.”
After two people were shot and killed during the protest, Facebook eventually deleted the Kenosha Guard page, saying it violated separate regulations against “militia groups.”
The Kenosha Guard also created a Facebook incident and warned the police that “the number will be exceeded.” According to reports, Facebook received 455 user reports who reported the incident, but the content moderator determined that the incident did not violate the company’s policies. Zuckerberg called this inaction a “operational error.”
Zuckerberg called this inaction a “operational error.”
Last year, Facebook announced its “weapon recruitment” policy, conducted a severe civil rights audit of the company, and banned activities that advocated bringing weapons into schools and places of worship to harass others.
A Facebook spokesperson told Reuters that the policy applies to certain protests if they are at a high risk of violence, but declined to answer questions about whether the company has designated Kenosha as a high risk.
Last year, the company’s chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg, said when introducing this policy that it prohibits “people who intentionally bring weapons to any place to intimidate or harass others, or encourage people to do so. Position”.
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