Ben & Jerry's, the Sierra Club and several organizations and celebrities are supporting the #LogOutFacebook movement led by the NAACP.
According to a statement issued by the NAACP, the weeklong protest, which started Tuesday, encourages users to log out as "a way to signify to Facebook that the data and privacy of its users of color matter more than its corporate interests." The boycott comes after the release Monday of the latest Senate report that found Russians targeted black American communities with ads to influence voting in the 2016 elections.
In response, Facebook announced Tuesday that since May it has been undergoing a civil rights audit. In a blog post, COO Sheryl Sandberg said that Facebook is “committed to working with leading U.S. civil rights organizations to strengthen and advance civil rights on our service."
"They’ve raised a number of important concerns, and I’m grateful for their candor and guidance,” said Sandberg. "We know that we need to do more: to listen, look deeper and take action to respect fundamental rights." Sandberg also wrote that Facebook is taking the findings compiled for the Senate Intelligence Committee seriously.