Muslim Advocates’ Farhana Khera Comments on Civil Rights Meeting with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

WASHINGTON, DC — On Monday evening, Muslim Advocates Executive Director Farhana Khera and other civil rights leaders met with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and senior Facebook officials at his home in Palo Alto, California. The following is a statement from Farhana Khera about the meeting:

“Despite Facebook’s continued failure to take meaningful action to stop violent, hateful content on the platform that regularly threatens Muslims and other communities, I agreed to meet with Mark Zuckerberg at his home. I needed him to hear directly how his company is putting American Muslims in grievous danger. I appreciate the opportunity to do so and I hope he took my words to heart. After speaking with Mark Zuckerberg, I’m feeling somewhat hopeful that, with his direct involvement, Facebook could take our concerns more seriously moving forward.

However, we can’t measure progress in hope and concrete action is now needed. The fact remains that Facebook can and does remove dangerous, objectionable content when legal or financial pressures demand it but chooses not to do so when Muslims and other targeted communities are in the crosshairs. If, after this meeting, Facebook continues to allow a status quo that enables hate, threats, mob violence and even genocide, then drastic action—including government intervention is needed.”

Farhana Khera is available for interviews about the dinner with Zuckerberg and Facebook’s anti-Muslim problem. If you would like to speak with her, please contact Eric Naing at [email protected].

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Muslim Advocates is a national civil rights organization working in the courts, in the halls of power and in communities to halt bigotry in its tracks. We ensure that American Muslims have a seat at the table with expert representation so that all Americans may live free from hate and discrimination.