Spanish Language Disinformation Action Plan — #YaBastaFacebook!

Issued by the Center for American Progress, Free Press, National Hispanic Media Coalition and the Real Facebook Oversight Board ~ March 16, 2021

Our organizations have met with Facebook several times, we have flagged content through emails, and we have publicly shared our concerns with Facebook about the rampant spread of U.S. Spanish-language disinformation and hateful activities on the platform. We remain deeply disappointed that concerns are continuously ignored. It is time for Facebook to meaningfully act and commit to protecting its Spanish-speaking users.

We demand Facebook immediately acts on our Spanish-language disinformation action plan:

  1. Hire and publicly identify a C-Suite position to oversee U.S. Spanish-language content moderation policy & enforcement.

Additional Issue Areas for Facebook’s Spanish-languge Disinformation Gap

Center for American Progress, Free Press, National Hispanic Media Coalition are founding members of Change the Terms, a set of recommendations and model corporate policies to online companies to adopt in efforts to curb hateful activities on their platforms. Facebook’s efforts to reduce hateful activities and disinformation must be replicated in Spanish and other languages in which Facebook operates. The following issue areas and action steps for Facebook align with our recommendations on matters of enforcement, training, transparency, staff, and governance.

Enforcement

  • Facebook should effectively enforce the Facebook Community Standards for all bilingual and Spanish-language content at a commensurate rate of that of English content.

Evaluation and Training

  • Spanish-language content moderators should be culturally competent in the social and political issues affecting the Spanish speaking community, as well as receive anti-racist training.

Transparency

  • We demand that Facebook develop technology to begin to achieve parity in its content moderation practices across various languages, including Spanish.

Governance and Authority

  • Publicly identify a C-Suite position, to overlook efforts to moderate hateful activities, misinformation, and disinformation in Spanish in the United States.

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