Facebook slammed for promoting 1619 Project content: 'Utterly irresponsible'
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Conservative scholars slammed Facebook for partnering with The Pulitzer Center to promote content from The 1619 Project, a controversial New York Times initiative that aims to reframe American history in terms of slavery and racism.
The backlash comes amid testimony from a former Facebook employee who claimed the company is "tearing our societies apart" and after the longest outage in Facebook's history.
The Pulitzer Center announced the partnership with Facebook's Lift Black Voices hub last month. Starting on Sept. 21, 2021, The Pulitzer Center placed stories, images and conversations connected to The 1619 Project on the hub, which Facebook launched last year.
The Pulitzer Center acknowledged that The 1619 Project has triggered "outrage," but it insisted that the project presents a "brave message of healing and uplift — that in recognizing the unique role of Black Americans in shaping our society we can both better understand who we are as a nation and also move forward together with more honesty, justice, and unity."
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According to photos sent to FOX Business, Facebook appears to have promoted 1619 Project content via the Lift Black Voices hub — to users who did not "like" the page.