By Jon Lloyd | July 24, 2020 | Advocacy
After tens of thousands of people like you took action, over 400 of the world’s largest companies have asked Mark Zuckerberg to address rampant hate speech and disinformation on Facebook – and we’ve heard news this week that Disney has just quietly paused all Facebook ads too.
Facebook is still a place where it’s too easy to find hate, bigotry, racism, antisemitism and calls to violence. After Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg met with our partners, it was clear that it was going to require more to get them to take this issue seriously.
So today, Mozilla is standing alongside our partners in the #StopHateForProfit coalition and joining the global day of action to tell Zuckerberg: enough is enough. Will you join hundreds of thousands of people who stand with this coalition to tell Zuckerberg to #StopHateForProfit?
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Public pressure on Zuckerberg works. Despite Facebook’s claims to the contrary, calling directly on Zuckerberg to take action has worked. In recent weeks Zuckerberg has announced modest changes to Facebook’s policy about hate speech in ads. After public pressure, Zuckerberg made a commitment for Facebook to run on clean energy.
But so far, Facebook’s response to the #StopHateForProfit campaign has been insufficient and we all need them to do more.
Facebook is still feeling the heat after allowing hateful incitements to violence in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd, and its own civil rights audit says Facebook is woeful at dealing with hate speech and misinformation rampant on its platform.
With great power comes great responsibility: Facebook has over 2.6 billion monthly users, and is worth hundreds of billions of dollars. Every day, people use Facebook to learn about issues affecting our society and interact with each other – and need a safe space to do so. Without concrete action, the hate speech and disinformation on Facebook will continue to tear at the fabric of society.
Will you join the global day of action and tell Zuckerberg and Facebook to be accountable to people and #StopHateForProfit?