Facebook is looking to get itself a human rights policy director
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A Tweet from Facebook’s product manager, Sara Su, has announced that the company is looking to hire a director of human rights policy. According to the Tweet, the potential employee is expected to “drive investigations into abusers on our platform, coordinate the company-wide effort on conflict prevention & peace-building, and advise product teams on making Facebook a positive force for human rights”.
The move to hire someone in this capacity is likely in response to the widespread negative press the company received when it took more than 12 months to respond after the platform was used to fuel genocide in Myanmar. The requirements for the role include experience “working in developing nations and with governments and civil society organisations around the world”.
While it isn’t necessarily a grand public statement, Facebook’s hiring of this position indicates that it’s at least acknowledging that its misuse problems extend beyond fake news and local politics.