Statement of Lawyers’ Committee Under Law Expert
(WASHINGTON, DC) – In response to reports from the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and other activists, Facebook took down posts and ads run by President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign today for promoting hate-speech on the social media platform. The ads featured a symbol used by Nazi Germany: an upside-down red triangle worn as a badge by political prisoners in concentration camps where millions were murdered.
“Time and again, the platforms have cowered and contorted their rules to avoid holding President Trump accountable for his activity. The president’s use of symbols from Nazi concentration camps stands to incite division and opposition to civil rights. These platforms have a responsibility to uphold and protect the democratic values and institutions in which their roots are sown. We will continue to push Facebook to enforce policies that prohibit white supremacist, racist and anti-Semitic activity on its platform, no matter the source.”
– David Brody, Counsel & Senior Fellow for Privacy and Technology, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
About the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law – The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, was formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to involve the private bar in providing legal services to address racial discrimination. Now in its 56th year, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law is continuing its quest to “Move America Toward Justice.” The principal mission of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law is to secure, through the rule of law, equal justice for all, particularly in the areas of criminal justice, fair housing and community development, economic justice, educational opportunities, and voting rights.