Thursday, November 30, 2017


Remember that Kansas City's top ranking elected official put pressure on the social media giant to clean up their act amid news of Russian propaganda infiltrating their network.

Today, here's word of progress thanks to Kansas City's own Rep. Cleaver:

Facebook Responds to Congressman Cleaver’s Concerns Regarding Racial Bias in Social Media

Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg announces major changes to the website

(Washington D.C.) - Members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) yesterday received a letter from Facebook Chief Operating Officer, Sheryl Sandberg, after a series of concerns were presented to Facebook and Twitter top executives. In the letter, Sandberg specifically stated she is responding to a series of recent letters from Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II, and other Members of the CBC.

“I appreciate the CBC’s commitment to asking hard questions and holding us accountable for our progress,” the letter states. “We know that African Americans have been the victims of divisive and abusive content online and we appreciate the leadership the CBC has shown in speaking out in defense of democratic values and in favor of more diversity in technology,” the letter continues.

Last month, Congressman Cleaver and Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ) sent a letter to Sandberg and Twitter CEO, Jack Dorsey, encouraging them to take immediate action to combat the spread of racially divisive communications and take seriously the threat of foreign entities’ use of the sites to undermine American democracy.

Congressman Cleaver was also among those CBC members who met with Sandberg to discuss allegations that Russian-backed agencies exploited the company’s system to influence the outcome of the 2016 election through the spread of racial and discriminatory advertisements.

Additionally, in a letter sent to Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg last year, Congressman Cleaver joined his colleagues in addressing reports of advertisers on Facebook using multicultural affinity groups to exclude certain racial and ethnic groups when placing housing ads online.

In the response letter, Sandberg stated Facebook is committed to addressing these issues, adding;

“Solving these problems will not happen overnight, but we are committed to addressing and making progress on the issues raised in our meeting and in these letters.”

Facebook stated the company would;

• Strengthen policies prohibiting discrimination in advertising

• Provide more education to advertisers about their obligation not to discriminate

• Prohibit the use of the multicultural affinity segments to advertise offers of housing, employment, or credit

• Require advertisers running ads that offer housing, employment or credit to certify compliance with our anti-discrimination policy and with applicable law

In addition to the changes on their site, Facebook recognizes that the company needs to do more to include minorities and women within the workforce, an issue that Congressman Cleaver has urged Facebook and other technology companies to prioritize when filling senior leadership positions.

“Our partnerships with minority-focused organizations have helped us build relationships, and we will continue to invest in these and many other efforts as we push for greater diversity,” Sandberg stated in the letter.

“I am pleased to hear that Facebook has announced changes both within the company and with its online advertisement policies. Ultimately we will see if these measures will hinder racial divisiveness and discrimination,“ said Congressman Cleaver.


Anonymous said...

Wondering if people even know that FB's core investors are all Russian oligarchs.

Anonymous said...

Who helped Clever write a coherent letter ?

Anonymous said...

In the meantime, Rome burns with Congressional molesters.

Anonymous said...

A white person

Anonymous said...

Youbhave to wonder what FB’s position on Congressman who have pulled the Bankruptcy card on businesses they own and then try to tell others how to run a business.
I call bullshit on Cleaver- he needs to go and have anyone not named Tur(d)k run against him.

Anonymous said...

That grifting coon has no business being in any public office after his car wash fiasco. He's nothing but a turd that must rely solely on the race card to achieve anything.

Anonymous said...

Clever. Has nothing to say or do of any consequence. Why don't you move along Emanuel? Sly is ready to replace you...

Anonymous said...


Cleaver has a double-standard for members of the Black Congressional Caucus.

Anonymous said...

Gibbs me free stuff and more attention graft cash payments for my self and screw the metrosexual DOUCHEBAG pieces of shit inner city youth scholar's hood rats that voted for me !!!!

Anonymous said...

@9:41 - Good point. A lot of people on BOTH side of the aisle are doing so!

Anonymous said...

Don't forget Kwanza is Dec. 26-Jan. 1st. shop early and shop often

Anonymous said...

I can't believe this idiot. Woe is me, I'm a black dumb shit. What this guy is, is a trouble maker who wants nothing more than to act like a cry baby so he can get away with not paying taxes and freeload. Also a sore loser. GET OVER IT CLEVER!

I will say though, people like Clever have us just around the corner from a bloody race war!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hey Clever go out to Arrowhead and kneel with the rest of the low life black people.

Anonymous said...

Congressman carwash just needs to shut the fuck up and pay his taxes.

Anonymous said...

NEWS FLASH! Putin was NOT up all night giving a rat's ass what Cleaver thinks. 90 percent of his constituents....