The auditors also said Facebook has adopted a hands-off approach to political speech compared to other social media platforms.
The audit team cited a controversial post by President Donald Trump in May which Twitter flagged as an incitement to violence but was allowed by Facebook.
Facebook commissioned Laura Murphy, a former director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s legislative office, to lead the audit of its civil rights policies in 2018.
The audit was the company’s response to a range of criticisms over issues such as data privacy, voter suppression, incitement of violence and a lack of transparency in political advertising.
In a statement on Tuesday, Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer, said the company was already making “changes” based on recommendations given by the audit.
The report comes at a time when 900 advertisers, including major brands like Coca-Cola, are boycotting the social media platform over what civil rights campaigners say is its promotion of hate speech.
Organisers of the advertising boycott, including the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and the NAACP, met for more than an hour via video conference with Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO, alongside Sandberg on Tuesday
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