Facebook has been under tremendous pressure as businesses pull their advertising from them. Today Verizon said they will not be spending anymore advertising dollars on Instagram and Facebook until they take action.
From NBC News
On Thursday, the Anti-Defamation League addressed an open letter to companies advertising on Facebook, signed by the organization’s CEO and National Director Jonathan Greenblatt. In the letter, the organization said it “found an advertisement for Verizon appearing next to a video from the conspiracy group QAnon drawing on hateful and antisemitic rhetoric, warning that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is planning to bring on civil war with concentration camps and coffins at the ready and claiming Americans are already quarantined in militarized districts.”
“We have strict content policies in place and have zero tolerance when they are breached, we take action,” Verizon’s chief media officer John Nitti said in a statement. “We’re pausing our advertising until Facebook can create an acceptable solution that makes us comfortable and is consistent with what we’ve done with YouTube and other partners.”
Facebook didn’t immediately return a request for comment Thursday. According to the Wall Street Journal, the company sent a memo from the company’s VP of global business Carolyn Everson to advertisers last week saying that it does not “make policy changes tied to revenue pressure” and that it sets “policies based on principles rather than business interests.”
“We respect any brand’s decision, and remain focused on the important work of removing hate speech and providing critical voting information,” Everson said in an emailed statement sent by the company Thursday. “Our conversations with marketers and civil rights organizations are about how, together, we can be a force for good.”
Facebook has received a lot of pressure from the Democratic party and liberal businesses to censor their platform while they have testified before Congress that they do not censor.
Although last week Veritas released a video that revealed many within Facebook censor conservatives daily without accountability.
It seems Facebook needs to have a strong policy that helps identify who they are. Are they a software company providing a service, or are they a social platform that has become our new social town square where everyone should have freedom of speech.