>> Facebook now under fire for what critics call censorship. In a letter on Monday to CEO Mark Zuckerberg, over 70 rights groups from the American Civil Liberties Union to the Sierra Club, calling for more transparency on how Facebook decides what it takes down because quote, news is not just getting shared on Facebook, it's getting broken there.
Reuters correspondent, Dustin Volz.>> Facebook, of course, continues to say that it is not a media company, that it's a technology company. But our reporting has found that there are people at the top of the senior leadership management that make editorial decisions, sometimes in these high profile cases on what content should stay and what content should go.
>> Reuters reported Friday that the ultimate decision makers included Zuckerberg, Cheryl Sandberg, and a number of others from a tight-knit group, all of whom went to Harvard, all of whom are white. They were involved in reversing a controversial decision to remove this iconic Vietnam photo for showing child nudity.
Facebook issued an apology for the misstep and since has said it would begin weighing news value more heavily when deciding whether to block content.>> So these groups, progressive groups, racial justice groups, are asking Facebook to undergo an external audit on how they remove content, to be more transparent about it.
And to not comply with any of these requests, unless they are absolutely required to by the law to take something down, that an intelligence agency or a police force might ask for them to remove.>> They point to an incident in August, when Facebook shut down the account of an armed black woman who was in a standoff with Maryland police and was live streaming video of it.
The police had made the request. The woman, Korryn Gaines, in the end died in a shootout with police.