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CAIR Welcomes Congressional Letter to Facebook Urging Eradication of Anti-Muslim Content on Social Media Platform

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 12/16/20) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today thanked Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-MI) – and the 29 congressional colleagues that joined her – in urging Facebook to take immediate action to eliminate anti-Muslim bigotry from that social media platform. CAIR was one of several organizations named by Rep. Dingell in her press release announcing the letter.

SEE: Dingell to Facebook: Eradicate Anti-Muslim Content On Your Platform  

https://debbiedingell.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=2807

READ DINGELL’S LETTER: CLICK HERE  

https://debbiedingell.house.gov/uploadedfiles/12.15.20_dingell_letter_to_facebook_-_anti-muslim_content_final.pdf

The letter cited instances of on the “platform to dehumanize Muslims and stoke violence and genocide against Muslims around the world” and “reports of inaction by Facebook in response to the abuse.”  

In the letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Rep. Dingell asked for Facebook to “immediately implement the following measures” – 

  1. Form a working group comprised of senior staff focused on anti-Muslim bigotry issues and responsible for coordinating work within the company to address hate groups, tropes, bigoted content, and anti-discrimination training.  
  2. Enforce your hate content and hate group policies in a way that ensures militias and white supremacists cannot use your event and group pages to terrorize targeted communities.  
  3. Committing to an independent third-party review of the company’s role in enabling anti-Muslim violence, genocide and internment.  
  4. Strive towards and commit to a 100 percent proactive detection and removal of anti-Muslim content and all other forms of hate before it is even seen.   
  5. Commit to regular anti-discrimination training for your entire staff world-wide  
  6. Training key staff on civil rights issues and common words, phrases, tropes or visuals used by hate actors to dehumanize and demonize Muslims.  

Representative Dingell’s letter was signed by herself and Representatives Rashida Tlaib, André Carson. Carolyn B. Maloney, Ilhan Omar, Jahana Hayes, Max Rose, Barbara Lee, Eddie Bernice Johnson, Bobby L. Rush, Daniel T. Kildee, Jared Huffman, Kathy Castor, Gwen S. Moore, Lauren Underwood, Jan Schakowsky, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Mark Pocan, Grace Meng, Bonnie Watson Coleman, Darren Soto, Donald S. Beyer Jr., James P. McGovern, Peter Welch, Jamie Raskin, Pramila Jayapal, Yvette D. Clarke, Raúl M. Grijalva, Earl Blumenauer, and Nydia M. Velázquez.   

Additionally, the letter has received the support of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), and the following other organizations: CODEPINK, Common Defense, Islamic Networks Group, Jetpac, Jewish Voice for Peace Action, Justice for Muslims Collective, MomsRising, National Iranian American Council, Peace Action, Progressive Democrats of America, Project South, ReThinking Foreign Policy, and National Network for Arab American Communities.  

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.         

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.     

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CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, rmccaw@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com  

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