The auditors said the decisions made relating to Trump "would effectively allow the platform to be weaponized."
"We are making changes—not for financial reasons or advertiser pressure, but because it is the right thing to do," the Facebook chief operating officer said.
"Mark Zuckerberg, you aren't breaking things, you are breaking people," the Stop Hate for Profit campaign leaders said in a joint statement after meeting with Facebook executives on Tuesday.
One of the boycott organizers said she was "deeply disappointed" that Facebook "still refuses to hold itself accountable."
"Mark Zuckerberg spends his time lecturing us on freedom of expression. It's such an arrogant thing for a billionaire to tell Black activists about freedom of expression," said Rashad Robinson.
Analysis of a dataset containing fact-checked false information found that 4,094 of 7,295 misleading claims about the coronavirus had originated on the Mark Zuckerberg-led social network.
The Change.org petition is centered around legal action filed previously against native Hawaiian land owners in Kauai that has since been dropped.
A new petition urging the Facebook CEO to stop "colonizing" Kauai, Hawaii, has garnered over 150,000 signatures.
A trio of Democratic senators are seeking information about Facebook's policies by July 10 as the social network is facing a major advertising boycott, with several brands halting their spending.
"Facebook has to do more to make it clear what content they consider overstepping and when they will censure it," Professor Josh Pasek at the University of Michigan told Newsweek.
"The bigger picture is when the impact goes global," one social media expert told Newsweek as more brands pull spending.
The Facebook CEO dropped out as one of the three richest people in the world this week, as the social media platform's founder lost $7.2 billion from a concerted advertising pullout from the company.
The drop in the social media platform's share price came as Unilever and Coca-Cola said they would refrain from advertising on the platform.
"I think there are signs that the game is changing a bit, and that it might soon become possible that Donald Trump is held to [similar] standards as the rest of us," one academic told Newsweek.
"The North Face is halting all activity and U.S. paid advertising with Facebook until stricter policies are put in place to stop racist, violent or hateful content and misinformation from circulating on the platform," read a Friday statement from The North Face.
"For those of you who've already made up your minds and just want the election to be over, we hear you," Zuckerberg wrote in an opinion article this week, announcing the changes to political ads.
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka has demanded that Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg "personally apologize to working people" after a presentation on the company's Workplace platform suggested that employers should block the word "unionize."
"We take your concerns seriously and to heart," the letter from Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan to scientists funded by their initiative said.
"We are, first and foremost, standing in solidarity with the Black community in the U.S. that is currently mourning the tragic and senseless death of George Floyd," content moderators said.
"We believe people should know if the news they read is coming from a publication that may be under the influence of a government," said Facebook cyber policy executive Nathaniel Gleicher.
"Trump's rhetoric, steeped in the history of American racism, targeted people whom Facebook would not allow to repeat his words back to him," read an open letter penned by former staffers.
In April, the social network removed event listings of anti-quarantine protests. With much larger demonstrations now taking place nationwide, will its enforcement policies be the same?
"If we were entering a period where there may be a prolonged period of civil unrest, then that might suggest that we need different policies," the CEO said in a meeting with employees Tuesday.
"Mark is setting a very dangerous precedent for other voices who would say similar harmful things on Facebook," a trio of civil rights leaders said in a joint statement after a call with Facebook.
"I know that $10 million can't fix this," Zuckerberg said in a personal Facebook post. "It needs sustained, long term effort."
"Ultimately accountability for those in positions of power can only happen when their speech is scrutinized out in the open," Zuckerberg wrote in a lengthy post on Facebook.
"Their platform relies on white supremacists & disinformation peddlers to be successful," the progressive Democratic representative tweeted.
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany pushed back against Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey's request that people "leave employees" out of the fact-checking debate, saying the White House would continue to question the people on the team.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook will take down content, even posts by politicians, if it crosses the social network platform's lines.