What You Should Know About Social Justice Advocacy on Facebook and Google
It’s a big day for Facebook, with the social network announcing that it has decided to add the term “social justice” to its official name, the terms “women’s rights,” “economic justice,” and “social impact” to the company’s umbrella.
“In the past, Facebook has used the term ‘social justice’ to describe a range of different goals, including helping women in the workplace, preventing racial discrimination, and addressing issues of social inequality,” a Facebook spokesperson told Motherboard.
“However, as we have expanded our focus to more inclusive goals, we’ve started using the term to describe more specific actions and goals, and we are now using the word ‘social’ to mean ‘equality.'”
Facebook said that it is using the phrase “social” to refer to the broader social movement and to the social justice ideals that Facebook believes to be important.
“The term ‘human rights’ is a term that Facebook uses for people who want to fight against the injustices of society,” the spokesperson wrote.
“We are using the social impact term to show our commitment to the goal of equality for all people.”
Facebook says that the change will be rolled out across its platforms in the coming weeks, and that the “social and economic justice” terms will be available for users to find.
“These changes are a response to the rise of a new generation of activists that we know to be dedicated to social justice,” the Facebook spokesperson added.
Facebook has been in the news lately for a variety of issues, including the controversial decision to pull advertising from The Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi website that hosts material promoting racism and white supremacy.