Kim, Katy, Leonardo and others join Instagram ‘freeze’ to protest Facebook inaction

Kim, Katy, Leonardo and others join Instagram ‘freeze’ to protest Facebook inaction
By: AP | London |

September 16, 2020 10:16:07 PM

kim kardashian leonardo dicaprio katy perry instagram freeze facebookHollywood stars and influential people are pledging their support for the latest campaign of the #StopHateforProfit movement. (Photos: AP / File)

Kim Kardashian West, Katy Perry, Leonardo DiCaprio and other celebrities are taking part in a 24-hour Instagram “freeze” on Wednesday to say the Facebook company’s failure to deal with violent and hateful content and election misinformation.

Hollywood stars and influencers are lending their support for the “#StopHateforProfit” movement’s latest campaign. The movement asks people to put up a message stating that the harm they have done to Facebook should be avoided for a day to post on Instagram.

Kardashian West said, “Unless these forums allow hate and propaganda and misinformation to spread, these people can sit and remain silent. These groups are created by people to prevent division and division.” Her Instagram account on Tuesday.

Facebook declined to comment, but spoke about recent announcements about what she is doing to limit access to her platform to groups that support violence and protect the US election in November For their efforts.

With 188 million followers, Kardashian West is one of the most influential people on Instagram and her and other big names’ support for the boycott saw a decline in Facebook shares at the end of Tuesday. They were down 1.7% from the market opening on Wednesday.

The organizers behind “#StopHateforProfit”, which includes civil rights groups such as the Anti-Defamation League, NAACP and Color of Change, previously led a campaign that saw hundreds of brands join in a Facebook ad boycott in July And non-beneficiaries were found.

Organizers said Ashton Kutcher, Mark Ruffalo, Kerry Washington, Rosario Dawson, Jamie Foxx and Sacha Baron Cohen were among the nearly two dozen Hollywood stars and celebrities who supported the campaign.

DiCaprio said he stood with civil rights groups to “call on all users of Instagram and Facebook to oppose the promotion of hatred, racism and undermining democracy on those platforms.”

Facebook, which earned nearly $ 70 billion in advertising revenue last year, calls critics unavoidable excuses to increase segmentation, hatred and misinformation on its platforms.

“We are quickly approaching one of the most consequential elections in American history,” organizers said. “Facebook’s uncontrolled and unexplained ‘change’ is dangerously diminishing what is necessary to protect our democracy.”

Read: Explained: Why Kim Kardashian has decided to freeze her Instagram and Facebook account

The movement sparked by Facebook criticism of online content ahead of the shootout in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last month. CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said that the company made a mistake in quickly deleting a page belonging to a militia group, asking armed civilians to enter the city. Page was taken down after a violent protest by Jacob Blake’s police bullet killed two men by an armed teenager, who is Black.

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