Read a PDF of our statement here.

The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) joined The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and 45 civil rights, public interest, labor, faith, and technology organizations in a statement ahead of today’s White House summit with technology companies on violent online extremism.

The statement called on tech companies to publicly make the following commitments at the summit and publicly:

  • Create a real plan to address the fostering of hate on their online platforms. Companies must implement consistent and sophisticated content policies that clarify how they will address white nationalism and white supremacy. They must share how these policies will be implemented to ensure users’ due process rights are upheld.
  • Condemn President Trump’s hate-filled statements and actions toward people of color, immigrants, Muslims and other religious minorities, and members of the LGBTQ community.
  • Acknowledge that so-called predictive technologies are not able to predict instances of mass violence and that these technologies have often been damaging to marginalized communities.
  • Acknowledge that foreign actors, including Russian operatives, have used and continue to use online platforms to influence our elections and to suppress voting in violation of U.S. law.
  • Agree to work to protect the integrity of the 2020 Census.
  • Reaffirm their commitment to increasing the diversity of employment in the tech industry in all jobs so that marginalized communities are part of the creation and implementation of online products.

Read the full statement here.