A Cambridge Analytica whistleblower just confirmed they used data collected from Facebook to actively suppress Black votes during the 2016 election. Cambridge Analytica's board member, Rebekah Mercer, also sits on the board of the Heritage Foundation, which Facebook recently selected to lead their "conservative bias review". This is unacceptable and we're calling on Facebook to dismantle this sham "conservative bias review" today!
After Color of Change members and our partners scored a victory with Facebook announcing a civil rights audit, they immediately announced they were hiring far-right former U.S. Senator Jon Kyl and the Heritage Foundation to conduct a separate partisan investigation into baseless claims of bias against conservative social media personalities. Kyl has a long history of opposing civil and LGBTQ rights and the Heritage Foundation has spent years exploiting anti-Black narratives to create discriminatory policy, deny the existence of racial bias, and peddle Islamophobia.
By selecting individuals and organizations with long histories of bigotry and hate towards vulnerable communities, Facebook has shown that it doesn’t take the upcoming civil rights audit seriously. This decision only further demonstrates how ingrained anti-Blackness is at Facebook and further demonstrates how badly the civil rights audit is needed. The only way for the integrity of the civil rights audit to be secured is for Facebook to drop the “conservative bias review" now!