Face­book is look­ing to get it­self a hu­man rights pol­icy di­rec­tor


APC Australia - - Tech Notes - Harry Do­man­ski

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.

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