Kim Kardashian West, Katy Perry, and several celebrities leave Instagram with threats against Mark Zuckerberg. Celebrities are waking up and...
Kim Kardashian West, Katy Perry, and several celebrities leave Instagram with threats against Mark Zuckerberg. Celebrities are waking up and using their influence to fight against the laxity of Facebook.
Yesterday, some celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Katy Perry decided to stop publishing on their Instagram accounts, and incidentally on Facebook. The people who made this decision hold several million subscribers and could therefore quickly influence other users to do the same. This fight targets Facebook and its indifference to the hate speech that continues to spread on its various platforms.
What is the scope of this movement?
On Twitter, Kim Kardashian West wrote: "I love being able to connect directly with you via Instagram and Facebook, but I cannot sit back and be silent as these platforms continue to allow the spread of hate, propaganda and misinformation - created by groups to sow division and divide America - and then take action after people are killed. To give you a sense of the magnitude of this statement, Kim Kardashian has more than 188 million subscribers on Instagram and 30 million on Facebook.
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 pic.twitter.com/XkxzABn7qw— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) September 15, 2020
For her part, Katy Perry and her 107 million subscribers decided to follow suit by posting the same image with a similar message: "I love to share my music and my life with you on Instagram and Facebook, but I can't stand by while these platforms turn a blind eye to groups and messages that spread hateful misinformation and intentional confusion.
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The move comes as Sophie Zhang shared her memo. This data scientist fired by Facebook has just denounced the company's actions in the run-up to the American elections in a 6,600-word text.
The "Stop Hate for Profit" campaign was launched by several organizations such as the Anti-Defamation League and Color of Change. These organizations are asking Facebook for concrete things through a list of 10 essential points to address. It is this same campaign that last June pushed more than 1,200 advertisers to cut off their advertising accounts to show their disagreement with the social network.