Organizers of a growing Facebook advertising boycott said they saw “no commitment to action” after meeting with Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg. More than 900 advertisers have signed on to the “Stop Hate for Profit” campaign, organized by civil rights groups to pressure the world’s largest social media network to take concrete steps to block hate speech and misinformation, in the wake of the death of George Floyd in police custody. The Anti-Defamation League (ADL), Free Press, Color of Change and the NAACP met for over an hour via video conference with Facebook executives including Zuckerberg and Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg to discuss the groups’ demands. “They (Facebook) showed up to the meeting expecting an A for attendance,” said Rashad Robinson, president of Color of Change, during a press call following the meeting. In a statement, Facebook responded that “we know we will be judged by our actions not by our words and are grateful to these groups and many others for their continued engagement.” The campaign, which calls for advertisers to pause their Facebook ads for July, has outlined 10 changes it wants, including allowing victims of severe harassment to speak with a Facebook employee and giving refunds to… Read full this story
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