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Facebook said when it released the second update to its civil rights audit last July that it would create a senior civil rights role at the company, and that role was filled Monday, as nationally renowned civil rights attorney and advocate Roy L. Austin Jr. will become its first-ever vice president of civil rights Jan. 19.
Austin will be based in Washington, D.C., and his initial focus will be on building out a “small team” to concentrate on the company’s civil rights oversight and accountability.