DERRY TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Hershey’s has announced that it will be halting all U.S. advertising for Facebook platforms for the month of July.
This move is part of the #StopHate4Profit boycott, which entails not posting on Facebook for the entire month.
The company released the following statement:
We do not believe that Facebook is effectively managing violent and divisive speech on their platform. Despite repeated assertions by Facebook to take action, we have not seen meaningful change. Earlier this month we communicated to Facebook that we were unhappy with their stance on hate speech. We have now cut our spending on Facebook and their platforms, including Instagram, by a third for the remainder of the year. In addition, we will now join the #stophateforprofit boycott. We are hopeful that Facebook will take action and make it a safe space for our consumers to communicate and gather. As a company, we stand for the values of togetherness and inclusion and we are resolute in our commitment to make a difference and be part of positive change.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg previously refused to take action against President Trump’s posts suggesting mail-in ballots will lead to voter fraud. Author: BARBARA ORTUTAY (AP Technology Writer) Published: 6:24 PM EDT June 26, 2020
OAKLAND, Calif. — Facebook said Friday that it will flag all “newsworthy” posts from politicians that break its rules, including those from President Donald Trump.
CEO Mark Zuckerberg had previously refused to take action against Trump posts suggesting that mail-in ballots will lead to voter fraud, saying that people deserved to hear unfiltered statements from political leaders. Twitter, by contrast, slapped a “get the facts” label on them. null
Until Friday, Trump’s posts with identical wording to those labeled on Twitter remained untouched on Facebook, sparking criticism from Trump’s opponents as well as current and former Facebook employees. Now, Facebook is all but certain to face off with the president the next time he posts something the company deems to be violating its rules.
“The policies we’re implementing today are designed to address the reality of the challenges our country is facing and how they’re showing up across our community,” Zuckerberg wrote on his Facebook page announcing the changes.
Zuckerberg said the social network is taking additional steps to counter election-related misinformation. In particular, the social network will begin adding new labels to all posts about voting that will direct users to authoritative information from state and local election officials.
Facebook is also banning false claims intended to discourage voting, such as stories about federal agents checking legal status at polling places. The company also said it is increasing its enforcement capacity to remove false claims about local polling conditions in the 72 hours before the U.S. election.
Ethan Zuckerman, director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Center for Civic Media, said the changes are a “reminder of how powerful Facebook may be in terms of spreading disinformation during the upcoming election.”
He said the voting labels will depend on how good Facebook’s artificial intelligence is at identifying posts to label.
“If every post that mentions voting links, people will start ignoring those links. If they’re targeted to posts that say things like ‘Police will be checking warrants and unpaid traffic tickets at polls’ — a classic voter suppression disinfo tactic — and clearly mark posts as disinfo, they might be useful,” he said. null
But Zuckerman noted that Facebook “has a history of trying hard not to alienate right-leaning users, and given how tightly President Trump has aligned himself with voter-suppressing misinfo, it seems likely that Facebook will err on the side of non-intrusive and ignorable labels, which would minimize impact of the campaign.”
Earlier in the day, shares of Facebook and Twitter dropped sharply after the the giant company behind brands such as Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and Dove soap said it will halt U.S. advertising on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram through at least the end of the year.
That European consumer-product maker, Unilever, said it took the move to protest the amount of hate speech online. Unilever said the polarized atmosphere in the United States ahead of November’s presidential election placed responsibility on brands to act.
Facebook’s shares lost more than 8% on Friday, while Twitter ended the day more than 7% lower.
The company, which is based in the Netherlands and Britain, joins a raft of other advertisers pulling back from online platforms. Facebook in particular has been the target of an escalating movement to withhold advertising dollars to pressure it to do more to prevent racist and violent content from being shared on its platform.
“We have decided that starting now through at least the end of the year, we will not run brand advertising in social media newsfeed platforms Facebook, Instagram and Twitter in the U.S.,” Unilever said. “Continuing to advertise on these platforms at this time would not add value to people and society.”
Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment. On Thursday, Verizon joined others in the Facebook boycott. April 11, 2018, Mark Zuckerberg on Capitol Hill in Washington (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File) AP
Unilever “has enough influence to persuade other brand advertisers to follow its lead,” said eMarketer analyst Nicole Perrin. She noted that Unilever pulled back spending “for longer, on more platforms (including Twitter) and for more expansive reasons” — in particular, by citing problems with “divisiveness” as well as hate speech. null
Sarah Personette, vice president of global client solutions at Twitter, said the company’s “mission is to serve the public conversation and ensure Twitter is a place where people can make human connections, seek and receive authentic and credible information, and express themselves freely and safely.”
She added that Twitter is “respectful of our partners’ decisions and will continue to work and communicate closely with them during this time.”
Verizon is the latest corporate business to bow to the mob and boycott advertising on Facebook and Instagram—-an apparent attempt to be extra woke.
The wireless carrier joins Ben & Jerry’s, Patagonia, The North Face, REI and others in the “#StopHateForProfit” campaign, a movement aimed at pressuring social media companies to restrict certain speech.
“We have strict content policies in place and have zero tolerance when they are breached, we take action,” Verizon’s John Nitti said. “We’re pausing our advertising until Facebook can create an acceptable solution that makes us comfortable and is consistent with what we’ve done with YouTube and other partners.”
The “#StopHateForProfit” campaign was started by far-left groups claiming Facebook “turned a blind eye to blatant voter suppression on their platform.”
The group, led by the Anti-Defamation League, the Color of Change and the NAACP are outraged that, among other things, Facebook labeled Breitbart News a “trusted news source” and made The Daily Caller a “fact checker.”
The Color of Change website states: “From the monetization of hate speech to discrimination in their algorithms to the proliferation of voter suppression to the silencing of Black voices, Facebook has refused to take responsibility for hate, bias, and discrimination growing on their platforms. And what has allowed Facebook to continue racist practices is the $70B of revenue from corporations every year. Companies have a choice to make about whether they want their businesses featured on Facebook’s platforms side-by-side with racist attacks on Black people.”
Author (s): LKM Recipient (s): FRANCE-EUROPE FACEBOOK headquarters The petition
I knew that Facebook had a dark side, following the scandal of “Cambridge Analytica”. For those who were not aware of this case, in 2018, a computer genius discovered that more than 87 million personal data were recovered without the knowledge of users.
On Facebook, the little innocuous tests that we regularly fill in the form of games, and others are far from being as commonplace as they seem, they allow them to collect a large amount of information on the personality and habits of users, in a roundabout way, subliminal. These are then sold to various well-known advertisers in the consumer markets.
Following this scandal which made the headlines of the media, millions of subscribers had definitively closed their accounts.
In short, this was just a reminder of Facebook’s unscrupulous actions.
In my case, I registered on this site for one and only reason: The defense of animals.
But it turns out that, again, I have serious questions about Facebook’s biases. Indeed, I have just been blocked for a month following the publication of an animated image of their own list, I give you the reason for this blocking: ” Does not respect the standards of the community concerning nudity or acts sexual ”!
While hundreds of erotic images of women leaving no doubt about their intentions are circulating without any censorship, I find myself blocked by the animated image of a little cat rummaging in a drawer!
I know that we, animal friends, vegan, vegetarians in addition, more and more numerous every day, have a considerable list of informers. Our fight in animal protection disturbs, and as a result, we regularly receive violent verbal attacks from hunters, breeders and all those for whom the death of an animal is exploitable and lucrative.
However, and by the greatest chance, when we have altercations with them, a few days later, we find ourselves blocked, the denunciation on the part of this type of individuals is not a surprise for anyone, but what What is much more surprising is that these people are never reprimanded, nor even blocked by Facebook!
When I say Facebook, we don’t know who is doing what, since according to my information, algorithms manage blockages.
What is very amusing on this site, it is their manner of infantilising the users: a stupidity equals a punishment, you do not go around the corner, but one blocks you for fixed durations, more or less long! Very childish as a process.
Me, I want to play in your sandbox, but I would not be dizzy on the turnstile of your unjustified punishments!
Facebook groups allegedly engaging in illegal wildlife trafficking have been discovered in Thailand, threatening hundreds of species, many of which are critically endangered. Demand that Facebook take immediate action to stop this dangerous cruelty.
African Wildlife Foundation – #DislikeIt. Facebook allows groups to trade elephant ivory and rhino horn on their social media platforms and is reportedly running ads on those pages. This puts #elephants and #rhinos directly in the poachers’ crosshairs. Be one of 60K to sign our petition demanding Facebook immediately purge #wildlifetrafficking from its platforms! Add your name. http://bit.ly/tell-facebook-to-stop
Brittany Kaiser started this petition to Founder and CEO at Facebook Mark Zuckerberg
Mark Zuckerberg, change Facebook’s rules and give us back control over our data, our digital assets, our property. #OwnYourData
Mark Zuckerberg’s social network Facebook, along with other digital platforms and big data aggregators, make billions out of us and our data – and they can not even keep it safe. They collect information about who we are, our friendships and how we view the world. They find out what we buy, what we do online, how we live our lives offline. Then they use our own data to sell to us – from pharmaceuticals to political campaigns. We’re just now realizing the bad news: we’re the product they’re selling. Our data has been exposed without our real consent.
Are these companies ripping us all off? If so, does this have to continue this way? I believe that if we act together, we can change the business model to the benefit of people globally. Sign up and share the #OwnYourData petition now, and let’s take back our rights.
I know about this topic intimately because I used to work for Cambridge Analytica – the data company which works on elections and commercial advertising campaigns. Now I’m blowing the whistle on the whole industry. The problem starts with the Silicon Valley tech platforms, which track our every movement and make us easy to target.
It’s time for us to own our own data. This is a human right. We should be able to decide freely how our data is used (and how it is not); stop anyone using using it to try and manipulate us; take it with us if we leave the platform; And to get paid for the value our data generates.
To decentralize power and drive accountability, we’re demanding that Facebook update its terms of service by April 30th, and grant all its users these simple and fundamental data and property rights immediately.
Facebook is already in crisis. Their stock price has fallen by almost $100 billion. Let’s step up the pressure and make this happen while we have the momentum.
The future is ours. I am the future, are you? Sign up now and share widely.
“He that takes truth for his guide, and duty for his end, may safely trust to God’s providence to lead him aright.” - Blaise Pascal. "There is but one straight course, and that is to seek truth and pursue it steadily" – George Washington letter to Edmund Randolph — 1795. We live in a “post-truth” world. According to the dictionary, “post-truth” means, “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.” Simply put, we now live in a culture that seems to value experience and emotion more than truth. Truth will never go away no matter how hard one might wish. Going beyond the MSM idealogical opinion/bias and their low information tabloid reality show news with a distractional superficial focus on entertainment, sensationalism, emotionalism and activist reporting – this blogs goal is to, in some small way, put a plug in the broken dam of truth and save as many as possible from the consequences—temporal and eternal. "The further a society drifts from truth, the more it will hate those who speak it." – George Orwell “There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.” ― Soren Kierkegaard