One such incident was the January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol which was incubated by the spread of disinformation on social media regarding the 2020 US presidential election results. Meta has a responsibility to its users and investors to improve the implementation of its “Community Standards” and effectively control the dissemination of user content that contains or promotes hate speech, disinformation, or content that incites violence and/or harm to public health or personal safety.
Meta has released their 2022 proxy statement for their upcoming AGM on 25th May. In order to be eligible to vote at this AGM you must have purchased your shares by 1st April 2022.
Our goal is to support As You Sow’s proposal to Meta by launching a campaign that allows individuals to invest in a safer and more just future and ensure Meta is striving to oversee content shared on the company’s platforms in a way that does not harm society and create investor risk by voting at the company’s next shareholder meeting. The proposal on behalf of shareholders seeks to remedy the past ineffectiveness of Meta’s technological and human-screening system by requesting that Meta’s Board of Directors prepare a report analysing why the enforcement of “Community Standards” as described in the “Transparency Center” has proven ineffective at controlling the dissemination of user content that contains or promotes hate speech, disinformation, or content that incites violence and/or harm to public health or personal safety. A “win” would result in Meta being required to issue this report which should include:
This report should cover each of Meta’s major products, including Facebook, Messenger, Instagram, WhatsApp, and any other app that reaches over 100 million users.