Letter To Mark Zuckerberg – Spanish Language Disinformation

November 5, 2021

Mark Zuckerberg

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Facebook Inc.

1 Hacker Way

Menlo Park, CA 94025

Facebook Board of Directors

Facebook Inc.

1602 Willow Road

Menlo Park, CA 94025

 

Dear Mr. Zuckerberg and Facebook Board of Directors,

 

On behalf of the Spanish Language Disinformation Coalition (SLDC), which is led by the National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC), we request an on the record meeting with Mr. Zuckerberg personally regarding non-English and Spanish-language disinformation on your platform. The SLDC is made up of several non-profit and civil rights organizations fighting to ensure adequate and proportional content moderation to cease Spanish-language disinformation on social media platforms. 

 

We request this meeting in the wake of the Wall Street Journal Report about Facebook and testimony by former Facebook Product Manager, Frances Haugen, in the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Data Security. Ms. Haugen testified that Facebook’s internal documents “showed a consistent pattern of under investment in languages that are not English.” These revelations directly affect the work and efforts of coalitions such as the SLDC, that have been sounding the alarm on this issue and the direct impact this neglect has caused to Spanish and other non-English communities across the U.S.  

 

Facebook’s track record on content moderation in general is inadequate, including in English. However, for non-English content, content moderation is much worse. Each of our coalition members have seen how while some harmful English content that goes against Facebook’s community guidelines is removed, identical non-English and Spanish content is overlooked, and allowed to thrive on the platform. Facebook must provide equitable content moderation to non-English and Spanish content. 

 

For these reasons we request an on the record meeting with Mr. Zuckerberg personally to discuss these alarming revelations, and to address means to rectify this oversight which continues to harm the Latinx community. To schedule a meeting, contact Georgina Zamora at castilloassistant@nhmc.org or (626) 792-6462. Thank you in advance for your attention to this request.

 

Sincerely, 

 

EquisLabs

Fundamedios Inc.

Free Press

Global Project Against Hate
National Hispanic Media Coalition

League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC)

MediaJustice

New Currents Collective

UltraViolet

United We Dream

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