Kim kardashian He is one of the most influential people on the Internet, with more than 188 million followers on his Instagram profile. A few hours ago she published a statement on her account, announcing that she will “freeze” her Facebook and Instagram profiles to ask them to “stop making profits from hate.”
He states that, “although he loves being able to connect directly with his followers through Instagram and Facebook,” “can’t sit and be silent while these platforms continue to allow the spread of hate, propaganda and misinformation. ”
– 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.
– Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) September 15, 2020
The power and influence that personalities like Kim Kardashian have can be seen in the following Bloomberg tweet. Just when he announced that he was joining this boycott against Facebook and Instagram, the shares of the company suffered a fall:
2:51 pm ET: Kim Kardashian says she’s freezing her Facebook and Instagram accounts tomorrow, and asks others to join her.
Facebook shares: https://t.co/JmWwMqguEQ pic.twitter.com/yvMzBPErmp
– Bloomberg (@business) September 15, 2020
Kardashian is not the only celebrity who has already confirmed that she will participate in this boycott against Facebook and Instagram, and people as well known as Katy Perry, Michael Jordan, Leonardo DiCaprio, Ashton Kutcher, Jennifer Lawrence, Judd Apatow, Amy Schumer or Sacha Baron Cohen have also announced that they will freeze their profiles for 24 hours.
Katy Perry stated on her Instagram profile that “she cannot sit idly by while these platforms turn a blind eye to groups and posts that spread hateful disinformation.” Kutcher has also shared it, stating that “these tools were not built to spread hatred and violence.”
That means they won’t post anything on their profiles today, Wednesday, September 16. The bell #StopHateForProfit was born last June, at which point the tragic murder of George Floyd took place and protests began to multiply across the country and on the Internet.
At the time, the activist groups behind this campaign asked advertisers stop investing in Facebook advertising. Companies as important as Ben & Jerry’s, The North Face, Patagonia, Mozilla or Upwork decided to join this boycott.
After these 24 hours of silence, celebrities such as Sacha Baron Cohen or Demi Lovato have announced that they will begin to share educational messages aimed at the youngest (seeking to promote democracy and explaining “how social networks spread disinformation and amplify hate messages”).
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