San Francisco: Facebook has announced a civil rights task force that would help the social networking giant fight political interference in the 2020 presidential campaign and census. The task force will have onboard civil rights expertise to ensure it is effective in addressing areas like content policy, fairness in artificial intelligence, privacy, and elections. “We will work with voting rights experts to make sure key members of our election team are trained on trends in voter intimidation and suppression so they can remove this content from Facebook more effectively,” Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer at Facebook, said in a blog post on Sunday. Also Read – Spotify rolls out Siri support, new Apple TV app Facebook witnessed heavy political interference from nation-state actors during the 2016 US presidential election on its platform. “With both the US Census and the US presidential elections, 2020 will be big year. An accurate census count is crucial to governments for functions like distributing federal funds and to businesses and researchers. “That’s why we’re going to treat next year’s census like an election — with people, policies and technology in place to protect against census interference,” said Sandberg. Also Read – New Instagram tool to help users spot phishing emails The announcement came in the wake of a leading civil rights expert Laura Murphy releasing her second interim report in a multi-year audit of Facebook. Murphy began leading an audit more than a year ago with support from the noted civil rights law firm Relman, Dane and Colfax. She spoke to more than 90 civil rights organizations and people from Facebook’s policy, product and enforcement teams. “We’re also introducing civil rights training for all senior leaders on the task force and key employees who work in the early stages of developing relevant products and policies,” informed Sandberg. Facbook said it now bans praise, support and representation of white nationalism and white separatism. “The report recommends we go further to include content that supports white nationalist ideology even if the terms ‘white nationalism’ and ‘white separatism’ aren’t explicitly used. We’re addressing this by identifying hate slogans and symbols connected to white nationalism and white separatism to better enforce our policy,” Sandberg announced. In March this year, Facebook announced settlement agreements with leading civil rights organizations to change how US housing, employment and credit ads are run on Facebook. “As a result of the settlement, we’re rolling out updates so anyone who wants to run US housing, employment and credit ads will no longer be allowed to target by age, gender or zip code and will have a much smaller set of targeting categories overall,” the Facebook COO added. To protect elections, said Sandberg, the company has a team across product, engineering, data science, policy, legal and operations dedicated full time to these efforts. “We expect to finalize a new policy and its enforcement before the 2019 gubernatorial elections. This is a direct response to the types of ads we saw on Facebook in 2016,” she added.
The Latest: BA cancels all flights from Heathrow, Gatwick by The Associated Press Posted May 27, 2017 6:45 am MDT Last Updated May 27, 2017 at 10:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LONDON – The Latest on British Airways flight stalled by IT failure (all times local):4:40 p.m.British Airways says it is cancelling all of its flights from London’s Heathrow and Gatwick airports for the rest of the day because of a “major IT system failure.”BA has not said what is causing the computer problem, but says it has no evidence of a cyberattack.The airline had earlier suspended flights up to 6 p.m. (1700 GMT) because the two airports had become severely congested.The global computer failure has caused misery for tens of thousands of travellers on a key holiday weekend in Britain. Both airports — major hubs for worldwide travel — are overflowing with stranded, frustrated passengers.Passengers at Heathrow reported long lines at check-in counters and the failure of the airline’s website and mobile app. BA says the problems have also affected call centres.BA says it’s working to restore services beginning Sunday, although there will still be some disruption. It says it expects London-bound flights to land on schedule on Sunday.___1:20 p.m.British Airways has cancelled all flights from London’s Heathrow and Gatwick airports as a global IT failure causes severe disruption for travellers.The airline says it has suffered a “major IT systems failure.”BA says terminals at Heathrow and Gatwick have become extremely congested and it is cancelling all flights from the airports until 6 p.m. (1700GMT). It is urging passengers not to go to the airports.Earlier, passengers at Heathrow reported long lines at check-in counters and flight delays.BA has not said what is causing the computer problem, but says it is working to resolve it as quickly as possible.___12:10 p.m.Air travellers faced delays Saturday because of a worldwide computer systems failure at British Airways, the airline said.BA apologized in a statement for what it called an “IT systems outage” and said it was working to resolve the problem. It said in a tweet that the problem is global.Passengers at Heathrow Airport reported long lines at check-in counters and flight delays. One posted a picture on Twitter of BA staff writing gate numbers on a white board.“We’ve tried all of the self-check-in machines. None were working, apart from one,” said Terry Page, booked on a flight to Texas. “There was a huge queue for it and it later transpired that it didn’t actually work, but you didn’t discover that until you got to the front.”The problem comes on a holiday weekend, when thousands of Britons are travelling.