It’s simply the only way we can truly be safe:
The North Face has become the first major brand to pull advertising from Facebook after civil rights groups urged companies to boycott the social media giant claiming it ‘promotes hate, bigotry, racism, antisemitism and violence’.
The outdoor apparel brand announced the news on Twitter, sharing a post from NAACP President Derrick Johnson, which read: ‘It is clear that Facebook and its CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, are no longer simply negligent, but in fact, complacent in the spread of misinformation, despite the irreversible damage to our democracy.’
The North Face then wrote: ‘We’re Out @Facebook. #StopHateForProfit’.
The company subsequently shared a statement with CNN, which read: ‘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’.
The company’s commitment to pull their advertising also extends to Instagram – which is owned by Facebook.
Color of Change subsequently joined forces with a number of other civil rights group to launch the ‘#StopHateforProfit’ campaign earlier this week, encouraging companies to pull ads from Facebook.
Other organizations in the campaign include the Anti-Defamation League, the NAACP, Sleeping Giants, Free Press and Common Sense.
On Wednesday, the campaign took out a full page ad in the Los Angeles Times pushing for companies to boycott Facebook. The social media giant reportedly made close to $70 billion in ad revenues last year.
‘What would you do with $70billion?’ the #StopHateForProfit ad asks.
‘We know what Facebook did. They allowed incitement to violence against protesters fighting for racial justice in America in the wake of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Ahmaud Arbery, Rayshard Brooks and so many others’.
The ad goes on to accuse Facebook of ‘turning a blind eye to voter suppression’ and ‘amplifying white supremacists’.
Other prominent voices have also hit out at Facebook in recent days.
Earlier this week, Nancy Pelosi said companies could use their ‘tremendous leverage’ to ‘discourage platforms from amplifying dangerous and even life-threatening disinformation’.
On Wednesday, MSNBC star Joe Scarborough launched a withering attack on Facebook accusing the company of ‘promoting extremism’.
‘I’ve seen a lot of insincere statements put out. Gonna say Mark Zuckerberg talking about how deeply saddened he was by the things he’s seen the president say is near that top of it considering that he makes billions of dollars off of spreading lies and letting people spread lies, hateful lies,’ the MSNBC host raged.
Should Facebook decide how to censor every community in the nation just based off the outrage of the liberal hivemind/mob?
But this is far from the corporatists first foray into censorship due to thought crimes. It is just yet another clear cut case of Western collapse and the inevitable failings of capitalism. The oligarchs will always push for more control. Whether that is through a third party or not is largely irrelevent.
Who should decide what can and cannot be said in their own communities: the local communities themselves or some unaccountable multi-national corporation being pressured by some other unaccountable multi-national corporations?
The idiot leftists pushing for this kind of behavior clearly aren’t intelligent enough to see the corporate hand stringing along their every move. The oligarchs push for more control.
What an absolute joke.
I have an alternative to letting Facebook decide our speech, culture, and media. Instead, we can just censor everything I personally disagree with. Same concept, different execution.
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