Report Slams Facebook For 'Vexing And Heartbreaking Decisions' On Political Speech

A two-year investigation concludes the social network's leaders made decisions that were "significant setbacks for civil rights."
The civil rights experts Facebook hired to review its policies faulted CEO Mark Zuckerberg's decision to prioritize free speech over other values. Source: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds

Updated at 1:09 p.m. ET

Facebook's decisions to put free speech ahead of other values represent "significant setbacks for civil rights," according to an independent audit of the social network's progress in curbing discrimination.

The auditors gave a damning assessment of what they called "vexing and heartbreaking decisions" by Facebook. Among them: by President Trump that "clearly violated" the company's policies on hate and violent speech and voter suppression; exempting

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