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Facebook moves: Instagram COO returns; human rights policy director sought

Facebook is looking for a human rights policy director “to address human rights abuses” on the platform, with “conflict prevention” and “peace-building” responsibilities.

The primary responsibilities of the new hire include:

  • Drive investigations into and disruptions of human rights abusers on Facebook’s products
  • Define policy to counteract bad actors and and keep Facebook “consistent with human rights principles”
  • Coordinate and advise teams working on human rights, conflict prevention, peace-building
  • Formulate policies for users, advertisers and developers to encourage “responsible online activity” and “deter or mitigate the risk of human rights violations or the escalation of targeted violence”
  • “Detect and respond to global events”

Where did this come from?

Facebook has faced global backlash against the platform’s role in accelerating the spread of hate and contributing to ethnic cleansing of the Rohingyas in Myanmar. The United Nations said that the social network had been used to spread triggering hateful content against the minority, and criticized Facebook’s response toward those allegations.

Instagram COO now Facebook’s VP of global partnerships

Instagram COO Marne Levine is moving to Facebook as VP of global partnerships and business development, a job held by longtime executive Dan Rose until recently. Levine moved from Facebook to Instagram four years ago. Recode reports that Levine was a likely internal candidate for the position, owing to the fact that she held an executive role at Facebook before moving to Instagram.

Levine’s return comes after a series of departures from Facebook:

  • Facebook’s communications head Rachel Whetstone departed for Netflix in August.
  • Alex Stamos, chief security officer, said in August that he would be leaving the company.
  • Facebook’s chief legal officer Colin Stretch announced he’ll be leaving by the end of 2018.

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