Additionally, the letter called for the public release of Facebook's civil rights audit by January 31. As 2018 ends, that figure is expected to be at least $15 billion lower-the result of a year filled with bad publicity for Facebook, in which he owns a 13 percent stake.
"It appears that Facebook has not been honest with Congress or the public about how it treats its users' data", Congressman Frank Pallone, a Democrat, said in a tweet. "It is now time for significant changes in, not only your policies, but also your leadership structure", the letter stated.
Then, it proclaims that April 10 "was a big day for you!" before showing a photo of Mark Zuckerberg, nervously sipping water during his Congressional testimony this year. "Advancing civil rights benefits all of us and is what we stand for as a people".
"Facebook is committed to working with leading USA civil rights organizations to strengthen and advance civil rights on our service". "They've raised a number of important concerns, and I'm grateful for their candor and guidance".
"As a direct response to feedback from civil rights advocates, we are focusing on voter suppression as a distinct civil rights challenge and will continue this work to be better prepared for future elections", Sandberg said. "They are never going to volunteer to do the right thing".More news: Gatwick reopens after drones close runway for six hours
He said Zuckerberg is clearly a bright guy - quipping that the Facebook founder and CEO could spot him 75 IQ points - but said sometimes it seems like he has no sense. The signers want the board expanded to add three seats for more diversity, and a permanent civil rights ombudsman. "Clearly these people need some skin in the game before they will take Americans' privacy seriously".
The signers believe the report doesn't really deal with their issues.
Facebook used contact lists from the partners, including Chinese company Huawei, which American officials consider a security threat because of its connections to China - to gain deeper insight into people's relationships, TheNYT's report notes, citing internal company records.
NAACP also was a signer of the letter and was likewise unimpressed by the audit.
Facebook said it undertook a civil rights audit, led by Laura Murphy, a civil rights and civil liberties leader, in May.