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Zuckerberg Challenged by Civil Rights Leaders on Misinformation

  • Activists, including Al Sharpton, had dinner with Facebook CEO
  • Facebook’s role in voter suppression among topics discussed
Mark Zuckerberg
Mark ZuckerbergPhotographer: Al Drago/Bloomberg

Facebook Inc. Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg was urged by civil rights activists during a dinner at his home to push the company to more aggressively root out election misinformation and voter suppression on its social-media platforms.

Civil rights leaders, including Al Sharpton, also asked Zuckerberg to prioritize civil rights more vigorously inside the company. The dinner Monday, which lasted about two hours at Zuckerberg’s Palo Alto, California, home, included discussion on topics like voter suppression and misinformation campaigns heading into the 2020 U.S. elections, plus tactics being used to keep people off the voter rolls ahead of the census, according to Sharpton and Rashad Robinson, president of the advocacy group Color of Change, who were among the attendees.