Advocates fault Facebook over misleading posts by politicos

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Facebook is conducting a civil rights audit meant to assess problems around discrimination, racism and political deception

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ATLANTA (AP) — Advocacy groups at a meeting with Facebook are criticizing the tech giant’s announcement earlier this week that it won’t remove newsworthy posts from politicians even if they’re misleading or break the site’s rules.

Facebook and civil rights group Color of Change are hosting a meeting Thursday in Atlanta to discuss problems around discrimination, racism and political deception on the site. Facebook is conducting a civil rights audit meant to assess those problems and seek solutions.

Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg didn’t directly respond to questions about its policy from Sherrilyn Ifill, president of the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, during a discussion between the two.

Henry Fernandez of the Center for American Progress was blunter, accusing Facebook of fearing President Donald Trump and conservative politicians.

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