Facebook appoint Roy L. Austin Jr. as VP of Civil Rights

Facebook announced the appointment of civil rights attorney Roy L. Austin Jr. as its new VP of Civil Rights. This is an attempt by the social media giant to evolve the platform policies to maximize inclusion across the platform. 

In a blog post, Facebook said

"Roy joins Facebook from the law firm of Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP, where he was a partner specializing in criminal defense and civil rights law. He brings with him over 25 years of experience working as both a civil rights lawyer and advocate, having begun his career as an honors trial attorney with the Criminal Section of the Civil Rights Division of the US Department of Justice."

Austin has also worked as a White House advisor when Obama was in office. His expertise will help guide Facebook's policy approaches as it looks to tackle racial inequality and flaws within its current systems. 


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