Facebook has been long targeted for criticism over its handling of human right issues. The company is now counteracting by introducing a new corporate human rights policy, under which it is committing two things: providing an annual report on its impact on human rights and a fund for human rights defenders.
Facebook says that it will report its “most critical human rights issues, like risks to freedom of expression” to its board of directors, while the fund for defenders will be I the form of offline support for activists and journalists. The company’s director of human rights Miranda Sissons added that Facebook will also continue supporting digital security efforts like “thwarting unauthorized access” to accounts of activists.
This is not the first time Facebook has taken action against human rights violation. The company has banned accounts from the military junta that led the coup in Myanmar and delivered a decision on anti-Muslim hate speech.