February 12, 2021

Contact: Timothy Karr, 201–533–8838

WASHINGTON — On Thursday, the Change the Terms coalition strongly urged the Facebook-funded Oversight Board to uphold the platform’s January decision to suspend the account of former President Donald Trump.

Change the Terms, which includes more than 60 racial-justice, human-rights, digital-rights and consumer-protection organizations, submitted a comment to the Oversight Board as part of the proceeding to determine whether Trump’s suspension was justified. Change the Terms argues that the Oversight Board must take into account Trump’s long history of hateful posts and violent incitement before ruling on the matter.

“The January 6 attack…

The following comment was submitted to the Facebook Oversight Board as part of their call for public comments on the suspension of Donald Trump’s account on Facebook.

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February 11, 2021
Public Comment
Re: Facebook’s Suspension of Donald J. Trump
2021–001-FB-FBR

Trump’s Incitement of Racist Violence Predated January 6

Despite significant reservations about the Facebook-created, Facebook-funded Facebook Oversight Board, we, the undersigned civil rights, human rights, technology policy, and consumer protection organizations working to stop online hate, write to strongly argue that Facebook’s decision to suspend former President Trump’s account be upheld. In…

President Donald Trump’s now suspended Twitter account.

For Immediate Release: January 8, 2021

Contact: Claudia Montecinos

cmontecinos@americanprogress.org

Washington, D.C. — Today, Twitter finally took the decisive action of permanently removing and banning President Donald Trump from the platform, “due to the risk of further incitement of violence,” the tech giant said. Change the Terms has been pushing Twitter to take this step for the last several days and pressed the issue in a meeting with Twitter yesterday.

After the announcement, the Change the Terms Coalition issued the following statement:

Henry Fernandez, co-chair of the Change the Terms Coalition and a senior fellow at the Center for American…

For Immediate Release: January 7, 2021

Contact: Timothy Karr, 201–533–8838

The following is a statement from the Change the Terms Coalition:

“Wednesday’s assault on Congress is another painful reminder of what happens when powerful social media platforms fail to act against the rampant spread of bigotry, disinformation and calls to violence. And Silicon Valley companies have given their biggest pass to the inciter in chief: President Donald Trump.

“Following yesterdays’ attack, some of these platforms responded by removing some of his posts and temporarily restricting Trump’s access to their platforms. But that’s not enough. YouTube in particular has implemented very…

For Immediate Release: January 6, 2021

Contact: Eric Naing, eric@muslimadvocates.org

The following is a statement from the Change the Terms Coalition:

“Donald Trump is an autocrat who just used social media to help organize and incite an insurrection against the U.S. government and the peaceful transfer of power. Trump must be held to account for these illegal actions, but he is not the only one to blame. Time and again Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube have refused to take action against disinformation, hate, and violent speech on their platforms. Today’s events were deeply connected to white supremacist organizing on these social…

The Kenosha Guard Facebook page was reported 455 times to Facebook moderators, making up 66 percent of all events reported that day

“[Facebook must] build tools to systematically increase the proactive enforcement of your rules…and stop relying on the victims of hate speech and violent speech to flag violations.”

Nine days after two protestors were fatally shot in Kenosha, Wisconsin at a demonstration spurred by the police shooting of Jacob Blake, Facebook has not released a plan to remedy the repeated abuse of the platform — specifically the event pages tool — by white supremacists, hate groups, and militia groups to organize armed protests, rallies and demonstrations in the real world that incite violence and even death.

Change the Terms, the coalition…

“Facebook must ensure that its event pages will not be used to kill people.”

Despite claiming to “crack down” on militia groups, Facebook apparently had no system to stop violent groups from organizing on private groups and event pages. Facebook only took down a “call to arms” event page from a group calling itself the “Kenosha Guard” after Kyle Rittenhouse killed two protesters and seriously injured a third in Wisconsin on Tuesday night.

WASHINGTON — On Thursday evening, Twitter “permanently suspended” the account of David Duke, the former leader of the Ku Klux Klan. Duke was suspended for repeatedly violating the online platform’s rules against hateful conduct and tweeting “harmful links.”

This suspension reverses the company’s position after the social network had defended its decision to continue to allow Duke to use its platform. Change the Terms, a 60+ member-strong civil rights coalition, has pushed Twitter and other tech companies to adopt model policies to curb online hate for over a year. Last summer, ahead of the 2-year anniversary of the deadly Unite…

Today, Facebook released their final civil rights audit of the platform in response to a demand from countless civil, human and digital rights organizations with input from more than 100 groups, including members of the Change the Terms coalition. Facebook has recently come under fire over CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s refusal to enforce platform Community Standards consistently, allowing politicians to post paid ads sowing hate, spreading lies, inciting violence, and targeting election disinformation at people of color.

Change the Terms steering committee members Color Of Change, Muslim Advocates and MediaJustice pressured Facebook to initiate the audit over two years ago, leading…

Facebook CEO’s Announcement to Eliminate Exemptions on Incitements of Violence and Voter Suppression Must Result in Removals of Offending Politicians and White Supremacists

For Immediate Release: June 26, 2020

Contact: Christina DiPasquale, 202.716.1953, christina@balestramedia.com

Change the Terms, a coalition of over 55 civil rights groups committed to fighting online hate, responded today to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s announcement of updated platform policies which include a higher standard banning a wider range of hateful content in ads, a ban on false information about voting, and labels for newsworthy content left up that would otherwise violate platform policies. …

Change the Terms Coalition

We believe that tech companies need to do more to combat hateful conduct on their platforms.

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