Published On: Tue, Jan 12th, 2021

Facebook hires a VP of polite rights

Facebook has hired Roy Austin to turn a first-ever VP of Civil Rights and Deputy General Counsel to emanate a new polite rights classification within a company, Facebook announced today. Austin is set to start on Jan 19 and will be formed in Washington, DC.

Austin many recently served as a polite rights counsel during Harris, Wiltshire Grannis LLP. Prior to that, Austin co-authored a news on large information and polite rights and worked with President Barack Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing.

“I am vehement to join Facebook during this impulse when there is a inhabitant and tellurian awakening function around polite rights,” Austin pronounced in a statement.

Roy Austin, Facebook’s new VP of Civil Rights. Image Credits: Facebook 

“Technology plays a purpose in scarcely each partial of a lives, and it’s critical that it be used to overcome a ancestral taste and hatred that so many underrepresented groups have faced, rather than to intensify it. we could not pass adult a event to join a association whose products are used by so many and that impacts a polite rights and liberties of billions of people, in sequence to assistance drive a improved approach forward.”

It’s not transparent what a goals or responsibilities of a polite rights classification within Facebook will be, though we’ve reached out to Facebook for some-more information. In a meantime, here’s what Facebook’s Chief General Counsel Jennifer Newstead pronounced on a association blog:

I am gay to acquire Roy to Facebook as a VP of Civil Rights. Roy has valid via his career that he is a ardent and scrupulous disciple for polite rights — either it is in a courtroom or a White House. we know he will move a same wisdom, firmness and loyalty to Facebook. It’s tough to suppose anyone improved competent to assistance us strengthen and allege polite rights on a height and in a company.

In July, former ACLU executive Laura W. Murphy expelled a formula of a multiyear review and polite rights review of Facebook. The news highlights some progress, such as Facebook changing a process on discriminatory housing and practice ads, expanding a voter termination policies and carrying some-more visit meetings with polite rights leaders. But a auditors still lifted a series of concerns, many of that pertained to a 2020 U.S. choosing and President Trump.

In light of a pro-Trump host attack a U.S. Capitol final week, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg blocked Trump from both Facebook and Instagram during slightest by a coronation of President-elect Joe Biden.

Blistering polite rights review raises alarms about Facebook’s ongoing process failures

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