Kim Kardashian West & Other Stars Are Boycotting Instagram

Celebrities including Katy Perry, Naomi Campbell, and
Kim Kardashian West are boycotting Instagram
for 24 hours to
protest the recent failings of Facebook with regards to tackling
hate speech and the spread of disinformation. The 24-hour freeze
begins today, Wednesday Sept. 16.

The “Stop
Hate for Profit” movement
is asking other users of Instagram
(a subsidiary of Facebook) to join celebrities in order to protest
Facebook, who have come under scrutiny in recent months for their
policies around hate speech and false information, with the latter
threatening to impact the current U.S. election campaign.

Kardashian wrote on her Instagram:

“I love that I can connect directly with you
through Instagram and Facebook, but I can’t sit by and stay
silent while these platforms continue to allow the spreading of
hate, propaganda and misinformation – created by groups to sow
division and split America apart – only to take steps after
people are killed.”Misinformation shared on social media has a
serious impact on our elections and undermines our democracy.
Please join me tomorrow when I will be ‘freezing’ my Instagram
and FB account to tell Facebook to #StopHateForProfit. Link in bio
for more info on how to preserve truth.”

Along with West, Perry, and Campbel, other celebrities taking
part are Michael B. Jordan, Sacha Baron Cohen, Judd Apatow, Amy
Schumer, Sarah Silverman, Kate Hudson, Leonardo DiCaprio, Rosario
Dawson, Isla Fisher, Scooter Braun and Mark Ruffalo.

This action follows a month-long protest by some
of Facebook’s top advertisers in July, which was
backed by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
, among other public
figures. Brands such as Starbucks and Coca-Cola boycotted Facebook
for four weeks with the same goal in mind.

While the key aim of #StopHateForProfit is to call out Facebook
for their lack of stringency in stopping the spread of hate and
disinformation, the campaign more specifically looks to remove
Facebook groups that promote
white supremacy, militia,
antisemitism, Islamophobia, and violent conspiracies. It also wants
to ban any event page with a call to arms, among with other
requests.

One of the most recent Facebook controversies occurred after the
social network
failed to remove a page for a militia organization
based in
Kenosha, Wisconsin. The page featured a call to arms and numerous
comments advocating violence against protestors who were
demonstrating against the police shooting of Jacob Black. Facebook
only took action after two people were killed at the protest by a
gunman.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg called this “an operational
mistake”
and added: “We’re going to continue to enforce our
policies and continue evolving the policies to be able to identify
more potential dangerous organisations and improve our execution in
order to keep on getting ahead of this.”

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Kim Kardashian West & Other Stars Are Boycotting
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