Brands pull ads from social media

Brands pull ads from social media

Brands like Unilever and Ben & Jerry's had also said they would pull back from advertising on Facebook.

"We will pause advertising on all social media platforms while we continue discussions internally, with our media partners and with civil rights organizations in the effort to stop the spread of hate speech", the statement continued. The company said it took the move to protest the amount of hate speech online.

"We have been down this road before with Facebook". Before Zuckerberg's announcement on June 26, just after the announcement of Unilever pausing all social media advertising, Facebook's shares fell by 7%.

"Brands do not want to be in such an environment".

Advertisers, especially in India, are increasingly shifting their media budgets across digital platforms, adding to the growing ₹17,000-crore strong digital advertising market.

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Organizers of the "Stop Hate for Profit" campaign against Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) are preparing to take the battle global, as well as emboldening regulators in Europe to take a harder stance on the social media giant. The social media network's stock price tumbled 8.3 per cent on Friday on Nasdaq closing at 216.08. Its CMO Jen Say was quoted by BBC News as saying that while the company appreciates that Facebook announced some steps in this direction today, it's simply not enough.

It asks advertisers to pressure the tech giant to adopt stricter policies against racist and hateful content on its platforms by pausing all spending on advertising with the company for the month of July. "Let's send Facebook a powerful message: Your profits will never be worth promoting hate, bigotry, racism, antisemitism and violence", the campaign website said. CEO Mark Zuckerberg in a post are limited, but could have significant political ramifications for the company - particularly given Zuckerberg's refusal up to now to flag or remove even false and inflammatory content and political ads, including those from President Donald Trump and extremist groups.

Now, Facebook will start "labeling" such policy-violating but "newsworthy" content, according to Zuckerberg, who has been accused by critics of pandering to Trump's wishes in a climate in which big tech companies are being investigated for antitrust and other possible wrongdoing.

Zuckerberg added that there is no newsworthiness exemption to content that incites violence or suppresses voting. Facebook, which already prohibits advertising that discriminates, also sharpened those policies on Friday with a clause saying no ads will be allowed if they label another demographic as unsafe, or if they portray immigrants, migrant groups or refugees as inferior and worthy of disgust.

How much the new policies will change the landscape of Facebook remains to be seen, said representatives of Change the Terms, a coalition of over 55 civil rights groups committed to fighting online hate.

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