Dear MoveOn member,
Facebook just took away one of the most important tools we have to help hold police accountable: social media.
At the request of police, Facebook deactivated the social media accounts of Korryn Gaines, a 23-year old Black woman shot to death by Baltimore County police, while she was actively posting updates during a standoff with the same police. Korryn's 5-year-old son was also shot and injured.1 This is a dangerous precedent for Facebook to set. Will you sign the petition and demand Facebook stop censoring victims of police violence?
Social media and shareable videos have been crucial not just for raising awareness about the injustices Black folks like Korryn and her son face every day from police, but in allowing us to control our own stories and narratives.
Without access to social media, the police control the narrative. And when police control that narrative, Black victims of police violence are always portrayed as people who deserved to die. This is a dangerous precedent. To stop our message from getting out, police will continue their attempts to take away our access to broadcast the truth over social media.
Demand Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg stop censoring users at the request of the police.
—Rashad Robinson, ColorOfChange.org
1. "Facebook Removes Potential Evidence of Police Brutality Too Readily, Activists Say," The Intercept, August 8, 2016
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